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The short novel Entrepreneurs by Mathias Nawrat, one of the most interesting voices of the new generation of German writers, can be situated into the dystopian tradition of the science-fiction genre with elements of social criticism. The story is happening in a well-known world, labeled by the geographical toponym Schwarzwald; however, this world underwent a certain kind of apocalypse – about which nothing is said explicitly, but we guess it had something to do with nuclear power – and the rules of an advanced technocratic society do not function any more, although they are not totally suspended. Through this fragmentary world, where nature, technology and waste interlace and form grotesque figures, roams the protagonist and narrator Lipa, a thirteen-year old girl. With her father and brother she collects different kinds of toxic leftovers while calling this activity entrepreneurship. The life of her family, in unstable balance on the edge of poverty and danger, is approaching the inevitable catastrophe.

Helen Sinković Sanja Lovrenčić Ivana Čukelj & Korina Zbukvić , , , , , , ,

Format: 13×20
ISBN: 978-953-7760-68-7
Pages: 100
Binding: paperback
Published: 2016.

Tantalum and tungsten, Father says, are going to make us exceptionally rich. The three of us are sitting at the table in the basement; Father is turning the circuit boards and processors in his hands. It’s the biggest load we’ve ever hauled in our trailer, from one of the villages in the plain today. We’re the best entrepreneurs in the western hemisphere; no one has ever taken a robust in anthracite apart faster. How did it once hum and whirr under some desk, doing its work? Berti and I pry the contacts from the motherboards. Until Mother calls us upstairs for dinner we make two small piles, one of tungsten sheets and one of cobalt. The cobalt sheets crackle the best. Later in the kitchen Mother gives me a kiss on the forehead and says: My big girl. Then we eat Mother’s lasagna with braised carrots. Father tells a story about our farm in New Zealand, he says: Sheep are very quiet animals, they can predict rain, you’ll like it there. How do sheep do that? Berti asks. No one knows, Father says. Berti does the math on how much jingle money we’ll soon have, based on our entrepreneurship, and says that it will be much, much more than we have at present, for which reason our departure is finally approaching. Mother runs her hand through his hair, then it’s: bathe, pee, goodnight kiss.