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Dirk Steermann was born in Duisburg in 1965, but has lived in Austria since 1988 and is thus one of the most Austrian Germans you could possibly imagine. There he even asserted himself in an area where the Austrians actually outdid the Germans: humor. Sterman does cabaret radio and has presented the ORF Late Night Show with Christoph Grismann since 2007 welcome to austria. with his novel Six Austrians out of the top five (2010) celebrated his name being crossed off the list.

The protagonist of his current novel masim He is a busy German artist and writer in a Vienna-based nightclub named Dirk Stermann, an elderly white man who became a father again shortly before his fiftieth birthday. His girlfriend Nina, who was mostly caring for their son Hermann, is happy with a job offer at the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York:

She muttered, “New York.” “How do you imagine that?”
“Like the last four years,” said Nina. “Just the opposite.”

Nannies and martial artists

Hermann does not see his father often, he is always on tour, so his son Banksy, after the British street artist, calls him, which you also do not see. So now a babysitter must be found, because not all shows can be canceled. Among the requests, the request of Maxim, who writes succinctly: “Do everything”, stands out. The applicant’s photo shows a bald-headed man in a faded shirt: “How did this oriental butcher get a good list-trained girls? … Perhaps he wanted to sign up for a prostitute site for workers, but he ended up here because he doesn’t speak German,” the narrator conscientiously thinks. speaker.

However, the first candidate is a failure: Maria of Carinthia, “the blond version of the Bulgarian hammer-thrower”. When Nina is encouraged by her friends that the male babysitter is incredibly progressive, she actually hires Maxim as a babysitter.

Maxim and Hermann had a good relationship from the start. The babysitter not only teaches the little boy how to ride a bike, but also teaches him martial arts. Cheer on Russian mixed martial arts fighter Khabib Abdulmenbovich Nurmagomedov, who defeated a bear. Of course, the father has reservations at first, but when he realizes that Maxim has mysterious but also beneficial connections to him, he suddenly sees the babysitter from a different perspective.

Sterman uses quite a few cliches in his novel, but he also breaks them. Maxim, who is said to be very crude, has a photographic memory, completes his studies in law with great ease and eventually helps the protagonist overcome his writer’s obstacle.

no applause

The first-person narrator also touches on his relationship with his father, whose approval he struggled in vain. An anecdote from the past illustrates this: “Today: Stearmann” is written on a large banner in Vienna’s prestigious Burgtheater. His parents see his solo performance there, but after the death of his father, the son learns from his diary that his father was not impressed with anything: “Burgtheater is sold, but student prices. No applause.”

In the novel, Stirman ruthlessly uses his private life for his books, which not only makes him a friend. “You’re not a Knossgaard,” his ex-wife approached him, and said, “You only have a Norwegian jacket eaten by a moth.”

What about the relationship between fantasy and reality given the autobiographical content of this influential novel? Perhaps the (alleged) statement of American psychoanalyst Erica Freeman from the epilogue applies: “Sometimes one writes about things he has been through, sometimes about things one will experience in the future.”

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