Artful and subversive, F tells the story of the Friedland family – fakers, all of them – and the day when the fate in which they don’t quite believe catches up with them.
Having achieved nothing in life, Arthur Friedland is tricked on stage by a hypnotist and told to change everything. After he abandons his three young sons, they grow up to be a faithless priest, a broke financier and a forger. Each of them cultivates absence. One will be lost to it.
A novel about the game of fate and the fetters of family, F never stops questioning, exploring and teasing at every twist and turn of its Rubik’s Cube-like narrative.
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How an encounter with a hypnotist changes the lives of a father and his three sons.
Daniel Kehlmann’s F delights on a highly philosophical level. F is several things at once: a family saga, a fable, a novel about faith, and first of all a great book about falsehood and truth.