Would you want to listen to the chatter of elderly friends reminiscing about the good old days? “Goldene Jahre” – a 100-page dialogue of two lovely ladies running a petrol station in a Swiss valley – is a charming alternative to all those ambitious 400-page debut novels.
Arno Camenisch’s characters look back on politicians and film stars filling up, predictable car crashes by holidaymakers on icy roads and lovesick postmen.
None of the characters are being made look ridiculous. “Goldene Jahre” – which might evoke comparisons with Michael Köhlmeier short stories and Friedrick Dürrenmatt plays – is a beautifully written love letter to life on the countryside.
By Arno Camenisch
Published by Engeler Verlag (www.engeler-verlag.com)