Flüchtig - a novel by Hubert Achleitner
Flüchtig (Fleeting) is the first novel from the pen of Hubert Achleitner, better known to many as the musician Hubert von Goisern. The book will be published by Zsolnay on 25th May 2020.
Maria has disappeared. Herwig, to whom she has been married for almost thirty years, hasn't heard from her in months. The fact that she quit her job and took his Volvo at least gives reason to hope that she's still alive. But what has happened to their marriage, their love, their life together?
Hubert Achleitner sends his protagonists on an adventurous journey, which takes them from the Austrian mountains, across Europe to Greece, and which above all turns out to be a highly emotional inward journey for them both.
A wise and very musical novel about love and longing, fate and fleeting bliss ... "The encounters with these people were as fleeting as the plucked notes of the bouzouki. Nonetheless, each of them left a melody in my heart that still resonates."
Platinum: Hubert Achleitner has been awarded the platinum book by the Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels (Main Association of Austrian Book Trade) for more than 35,000 copies of his debut novel Flüchtig sold in less than a year. The award was presented on 22 March 2021 at the Zsolnay publishing house in Vienna.
#2 Bestseller 2020: Flüchtig was Austria's #2 bestseller in hardcover fiction for 2020! The novel topped the bestseller list for June and July 2020 and remained at number 1 in weeks 22-31.
The E-Book held firm in the Top 10 from May to July.
Paperback and Audiobook
Laconically, musically and with wit, Hubert Achleitner weaves a great tale. From 20 September 2021 the bestseller and "worldly wise novel, which is far more than a fleeting read" (Kleine Zeitung), will also be available in paperback from your local bookshops and online.
The debut novel from world musician Hubert von Goisern will also be available as an audiobook. The unabridged reading of Flüchtig by actress Caroline Peters will be published by Random House on 8 CDs, with a run time of approximately 10 hours, as well as being available for digital download or streaming.