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The Guardian Angel

Wolfgang Herrndorf (2005)
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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The popular German author Wolfgang Herrndorf committed suicide last year, leaving his final work unfinished. He had not planned to publish Pictures of Your Great Love, but changed his mind at the last moment.

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    • Wolfgang Herrndorf’s 2010 novel Tschick sold more than two million copies and was translated into English.
    • His new, unfinished novel is a sequel to Tschick.
    • It centres on the character of Isa, a 14-year-old girl on a pilgrimage to herself.
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When Wolfgang Herrndorf shot and killed himself on the banks of the Hohenzollern canal in Berlin on August 26 last year, his cancer was so advanced that that there was no longer any hope of survival. In the last months of his life, he worked on chapters for a new novel, without the slightest hope of being able to complete the work. The unfinished manuscript would become his legacy.

He had portions of the text read to him on his sickbed, but “he could no longer continue writing or even dictating the text in a comprehensible form,” his friends Marcus Gärtner and Kathrin Passig write in their epilogue to the book, which the author had not intended for publication.

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