Ludwig Bauer’s large topics – the fate of the Danube-region Germans, an individual versus the system, as well as the relations between a man and a woman in historyburdened times – deeply infuse the novel Homeland, Oblivion. The protagonist is a genuine idealist, a man who has not been pampered by life. Growing up with foster parents, only later, as a young man, does he learn his real name and origins. In order to escape the narrowness of his homeland, he goes to a large city to study there, and leftist ideals lead him even further to Czechoslovakia and East Germany.
Through the search of an individual for his roots, Ludwig Bauer narrates about every person’s elusive wish to escape from themselves, and the need to confront their own past as well. Homeland, Oblivion is an extremely dynamic and filmic novel about nostalgia, childhood, and the unstoppable wheel of history, bursting with emotions and magnificent images.
Award Meša Selimović 2011
Kiklop Prize for the novel of the year 2011
Fran Galović Prize for the best novel 2011
Rights sold to:
Macedonia, Ikona, 2014