Ingo Schulze

  • The righteous murderers
  • Literature

How does an upright book man become a reactionary – or a revolutionary?
Norbert Paulini is a respected Dresden antiquarian bookseller, where book lovers have found treasures and like-minded people for decades. Even as times change, customers stay away and the internet becomes a competitor, he tries to maintain his position.

But then history takes a turn – and Paulini turns into an unforgiving person accused of being involved in xenophobic riots. A tragic figure? A murderer?

Ingo Schulze tells of Germany, of “East” and “West”, and pulls the ground of certainties from under the readers’ feet. A story that lays false tracks and confronts them with false – or at least questionable – images of the GDR.

Ingo Schulze, born in Dresden in 1962, was an acting dramaturg and newspaper editor after studying classical philology. He was awarded international prizes and received for Peter Holtz. His happy life is told by himself (2017) the Rheingau Literature Prize. His works have been translated into thirty languages.