OK now bear with us on this – a selfish, egotistical TV star is killed by a falling satellite and finds herself re-incarnated as an ant – it sounds ridiculous but this book is an absolute gem. Funny, clever and thought provoking it is no surprise this has been a top seller in it’s native Germany.
This debut novel by David Safier follows the trials and tribulations of Kim Karlsen, a television personality whose career obsession brings her some serious cosmic repercussions. In her quest to dominate the airwaves, Kim cheats on her husband, neglects her daughter, and mistreats her staff. It all seems worth it when she wins the biggest German Television Award, but sadly on the very same night she is crushed to death by debris falling from a Russian space station. At the gates of Heaven, she is informed that she has collected too much bad karma in her life, and has a long road of atonement ahead. Reincarnation as an ant teaches her a few lessons in humility, and she experiences existence as a guinea pig and as a beagle before regaining human form just in time to sabotage the marriage of her husband to her back-stabbing best friend.
Some press reviews of the German language edition:
“The most original book in years! Ingenious and witty, this book leaves you wanting more!”
“Good-humoured and thought provoking – a perfect book for the summer!”
Publication date: 17/06/2010
Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd
|Publication date:||17th June 2010|
|Publisher:||John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Literary Fiction, Relationship Stories,|
David Safier was born in 1966 and is a successful screenwriter. His numerous awards include the prestigious Grimme Award, the German Television Award, and the international Emmy Award. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany.More About David Safier