The philosophy student Sebastian Calan lives with three flat-mates in a residential community in Vienna. Calan is weary of his phantom existence as a student missing out on the vibrancy of life, and tired of his employment as an assistant to Professor Wilmitsch. He is also annoyed by the sluggishness of his girlfriend Lydia, and their relationship hangs in the balance. Then Sebastian meets the young star-philosopher Geronimo, Wilmitsch’s nephew, in whose inscrutable plans he becomes entangled, which brings him closer to a different sense of the reality of life. Thus completely transformed, he makes a decision that disturbs not only his flat-mates.
Simon Konttas is the author of many novellas, narratives, and short stories as well as a number of novels of psychologically analytic realism. His work also includes poetry and essays and has appeared in various periodicals and in the framework of his poetry lectureship at the University of Jena in Germany. His most recent publication is the novel-burlesque Poor People (2018).