Norbert Scheuer

  • winter bees
  • Literature

Beginning of 1944: Egidius Arimond, a Latin teacher who was dismissed from the school early on, is in great danger: because of his women’s stories, his epilepsy – but above all because of his daring attempts to save Jews in prepared beehives in occupied Belgium. At the same time British and American bombers circle over the Eifel. Arimond’s situation becomes almost hopeless when he is no longer on medication, a relationship begins with the district leader’s wife and is finally denounced by the Gestapo.

Various levels impressively slide into one another: those of the bee colony oriented towards solidarity and those of the violent Nazi state.

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

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