Norbert Scheuer

  • Winter bees
  • Literature

Early 1944: Egidius Arimond, a Latin teacher who had been discharged from the teaching profession at an early age, is in grave danger: because of his women’s stories, his epilepsy – but above all because of his daring attempts to rescue Jews in prepared hives into occupied Belgium. At the same time British and American bombers are circling over the Eifel. Arimond’s situation becomes almost hopeless when he is no longer receiving medication, begins an affair with the district leader’s wife and is finally denounced to the Gestapo.

Different levels are impressively intertwined: that of the solidarity-oriented bee colony and that of the violent NS state.

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


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