Wallstein Verlag

Steffen Mensching

Hauser’s Getaway


249 pages, 12 x 20 cm
ISBN: 978-3-8353-5305-3 (August 2022)


German Version

CEO David Hauser doesn’t remember how he got into the box. What he does know is that someone wants to get rid of him. His company AIRDROP manufactures so-called return boxes, in which asylum seekers whose residence permits have been rejected are transported back to their regions of origin by specially designed aircraft. Shortly before the drop, Hauser comes to consciousness; soon afterwards he finds himself in a barren, desert-like yet mountainous landscape, wearing foreign clothes and carrying forged papers. Where is he? Syria? Afghanistan? How could he have been put in the box without realizing it? He knows that not everyone supports his ventures − right up front his father, who is devoted to leftist ideals −, but who would go so far as to obliterate him in this way?

Hauser soon realizes that the food supplies he carries in his box won’t last long. But before he can make a plan for survival in defiance of heat and hunger, he gets attacked and overwhelmed ...
A suspenseful, political, and eloquent novel full of masterful monologues − and entertaining dialogue.

Steffen Mensching, born in 1958 in Berlin, studied Cultural Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin and worked for many years as a freelance author and actor as well as director. Since 2008 he is the artistic director at Theater Rudolstadt. For his novel »Schermanns Augen« (2018) he received the ›Erich Fried Preis‹ and the ›Preis der Uwe Johnson Gesellschaft‹. In 2022, he was awarded the ›Berliner Literaturpreis der Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung‹.
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