On September 21, Krishna Winston and German author Christopher Kloeble read from his book Meistens alles sehr schnell and Krishna’s translation of it (More Often Than Not All Very Fast) at the Deutsches Haus at New York University. The event was moderated by Martin Rauchbauer, director of the German Haus.
The serious but still humorously told story centers around the Bavarian village of Königsdorf and the complicated family history of its main protagonists. Albert, who is 19 years old, grows up in an orphanage without knowing who his mother is, or whether she is even alive. All his life he had to play father to Fred, who needs his help, even though Albert is his son: Fred is an elderly man with the mind of an innocent child who occupies himself with reading encyclopedias, counting green cars and is considered the hero of a tragic bus accident that took place in the village. When doctors discover that Fred only has five months to live, father and son embark on a quest to find Albert’s mother, an odyssey that leads deeper and deeper into the past. Kloeble in his own words: “This novel is primarily about love. Love between father and son. Fading love. Motherly love. False love. Passionate love. Love-hate. And last but not least the (impossible) love between brother and sister.”