ISBN 9780307739759,The Madonna on the Moon

The Madonna on the Moon



Vintage Books India

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780307739759

ISBN-10 0307739759


Number of Pages 401 Pages
Language (English)


Winner of the European Book AwardNovember, 1957. The Soviets have just launched the Sputnik, and communism rules in Eastern Europe, but the village of Baia Luna, nestled in the Carpathian mountains, is a world unto itself, populated with gypsy-philosophers and mysterious priests. But for fifteen-year-old Pavel Botev, this world begins to come apart the day teacher asks him to hang a photo of the new party secretary, then whispers a startling directive into his ear. 
        “Send this man straight to hell. Exterminate him.” The next morning, she has disappeared. Once a priest turns up murdered, Pavel sets out on a journey for answers—one that leads him into the frontiers of a new life. By turns grippingly realist and enchantingly surreal, The Madonna on the Moonannounces the arrival of an important new voice in fiction.


“Thrilling. . . . A hopeful and frequently hilarious story of using one’s courage, patience, and wits to stand up against oppression. Weaving folklore, political drama, a coming-of-age story, and a morality tale together, Bauerdick has created an original.” —The Daily Beast“Bauerdick’s use of language, ably aided by an excellent translation, will bring to life the absurdities of love, life, history, religion and politics in a colorful lingual brew.” —Washington Independent Review of Books“Rolf Bauerdick is a natural-born storyteller. The fierce realism of his story spoils neither its magic nor its humor.” —Spiegel Online“A dazzling book, larger than life, exuberantly picturesque. . . . German literature has a powerful new voice—and most of all an unusual one.” —Focus“Bizarre and anarchistic, The Madonna on the Moon is enormously entertaining.” —Die Welt“Sparkle[s] with fun and wit. . . . Uniquely populated by a cast of bizarre and enjoyable characters.” —Publishers Weekly “Smart readers will grab this European Book Prize winner.” —Library Journal

About the Author

Rolf Bauerdick was born in 1957. He studied literature and theology before turning to journalism and photography. His work has been awarded numerous prizes, among them Germany's prestigious Hansel Mieth Prize. His articles have been published in Der Spiegel,Geo, and Playboy, among other publications. He lives in a converted flour mill in Northern Germany with his wife and children. The Madonna on the Moon, his first novel, won the European Book Award.