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Early sixties in a remote part of Germany. The Roleder couple moves to an uninhabited island in the middle of a large lake. It is an escape inward, from the city and reality. Along for the ride is their son Hans, who finds a new home on the island. And so much more. Because as time goes by, the shy boy seems to virtually grow together with the island, the trees, the foliage, the moss and the rocks.

Dirk Gieselmann | Matthias Brandt
Dirk Gieselmann | Matthias Brandt © Tobias Kruse OSTKREUZ | Matthias Scheurer

Hans becomes the king of the island. Until, with the decision of the school authorities, reality breaks into his little big dream world and separates him from the island and his parents. It is the beginning of an arduous odyssey, guided at first by the merciless institutions of the state and finally by the one great, throbbing wish: to return to his island, to the longed-for solitude in the shadow of the world. But how will the island, how will his parents receive him?

Dirk Gieselmann's debut is a fascinating literary study of an island life and tells of the longing for solitude in a society that never leaves the individual alone, for better or for worse. "The Island Man" is a novel that resonates, full of enchanting images, luminous sentences and magical settings.

An event by Literatur LIVE in cooperation with Kiepenheuer & Witsch Verlag and Thalia Buchhandlung.

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