Nominated by:

Stadtbibliothek Bremen, Germany

Publisher of nominated edition:

Graywolf Press, USA

Almost Everything Very Fast

Christopher Kloeble      

Translated from the German by Aaron Kerner

2018 Longlist

A charming and suspenseful novel with a dark secret at its heart, set in an insular Bavarian village

Albert is nineteen, grew up in an orphanage, and never knew his mother. All his life Albert had to be a father to his father: Fred is a child trapped in the body of an old man. He spends his time reading encyclopedias, waves at green cars, and is known as the hero of a tragic bus accident. Albert senses that Fred, who has just been given five months left to live, is the only one who can help him learn more about his background.

With time working against them, Albert and Fred set out on an adventurous voyage of discovery that leads them via the underground sewers into the distant past—all the way back to a night in August 1912, and to the story of a forbidden love.

Almost Everything Very Fast, Christopher Kloeble’s US debut, is a sensitive and dramatic family saga and page-turning road novel all in one.

About the author

Christopher Kloeble is an award-winning German novelist and scriptwriter. Almost Everything Very Fast is his third book, and his first to be published in English. He lives in Berlin and New Delhi.

(from publisher)

Librarian’s comments

The gifted 19-year-old Albert, an orphan who grew up in a children’s home, is in search of his family history. Together with his mentally handicapped father Fred, he sets off in search of his mother. Slowly, family secrets come to light. Almost Everything Very Fast is Christopher Kloeble’s first novel translated into English and deals with the issue of sibling love.

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