Wolf Haas - The Weather Fifteen Years Ago
The Weather Fifteen Years Ago is no conventional narrative.
The reader must infer a sensational love story that the author hasn’t actually
written, but which his fictional persona describes to a contentious interviewer.
This narrative grips the reader as they argue about the mysterious plot.
The real Haas plays several mind-games at once, for the love story begins with
an exquisite kiss between the protagonists who have known each other since
childhood. The reader must deduce the mysterious relationships, which zigzag
erotically through several characters and two generations. At the core of all
this is a sophisticated web of scientific and poetic weather lore.
The prosaic romantic hero, Vittorio Kowalski possesses a strange talent: he can
remember the weather for every day of the past fifteen years in a certain
village in the Austrian Alps. When he is invited to display this uncanny ability
on a TV game show, he uncovers memories of his unrequited love for an Austrian
girl named Anni, the accident that led to her father's death, and his own
near-fatal experience at the place of their secret childhood meetings. As the
interview progresses, intricacies of the children’s parents’ stories unfold to
reveal a startling erotic entanglement. On the very last day of the fictional
transcription, we learn almost everything else.
Wolf Haas, author of the bestselling Detective Brenner mystery series, has won
the Austrian Radio Play of the Year Award (1999 and 2000), the 2000 German
Thriller Prize, and the 2004 Literature Prize of the City of Vienna. The Weather
Fifteen Years Ago received the Wilhelm Raabe Literature Prize of the City of
Braunschweig. The author lives in Vienna.
Stephani Gilardi is a 2007 graduate of Wellesley College. She lives in New York
Thomas S. Hansen is Professor of German Language and Literature at Wellesley
- Author: Wolf Haas
- Title: The Weather Fifteen Years Ago
- Binding: Paperback
- Translation by: Stephanie Gilardi and Thomas S. Hansen
- Publishing House: Ariadne Press
- Pages: 247
- Illustrations: Cover Design: Beth A. Steffel
- Date Published: 2009
- ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-57241-166-1