Norbert Scheuer

  • Winter bees
  • Literature

Early 1944: Egidius Arimond, a Latin teacher who has been dismissed from his teaching post prematurely, is in the greatest danger: because of his womanizing, his epilepsy – but above all because of his daring attempts to rescue Jews in prepared beehives into occupied Belgium. At the same time, British and American bombers are circling over the Eifel. Arimond’s situation becomes almost hopeless when he no longer receives medication, begins an affair with the wife of the district leader and is finally denounced to the Gestapo.

It is impressive to read how different levels slide into each other: that of the solidarity-oriented hive and that of the violent Nazi state.

“A beautiful, surprising book, quietly adventurous, quite nature-mystical.” (Volker Weidermann, Der Spiegel)

Norbert Scheuer lives in the Eifel. His novel Die Sprache der Vögel (The Language of Birds, 2015) was highly acclaimed; for Winter Bees he received the Wilhelm Raabe Prize for Literature in 2019.

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