Christoph Peters: A Village Novel
Christoph Peters tells the story of a young man being tested to the limit.
Time seems to have stood still in Hülkendonck, a village on the Lower Rhine – as if the thirty years since the narrator left it had never happened. When he visits his parents, the past comes flooding back like a shadow cast by a long-lost world: the idyllic innocence of the 1970s, the advent of industrialisation that threatened the old rural ways, the planned construction of the new 'Speedy Breeder' nuclear reactor that divided the villagers along with everyone else in the country – and the days when the narrator first realised that there were alternatives to his parents' way of living. And then he met Juliane, an activist six years his senior, who introduced him to left-wing counterculture…