Populated by the disaffected and disposed of Europe’s cities, Wretchedness burns with visceral lyricism and intoxicating imagery as Tichy draws inspiration from the continent’s dark underbelly.
Longlisted for the International Booker Prize 2021
A cellist meets a spun-out junkie. That could have been me. His mind starts to glitch between his memories and the avant-garde music he loves, and he descends into his past, hearing all over again the chaotic song of his youth. He emerges to a different sound, heading for a crash.
From sprawling housing projects to underground clubs and squat parties, Wretchedness is a blistering trip through the underbelly of Europe's cities. Powered by a furious, unpredictable beat, this is a paean to brotherhood, to those who didn't make it however hard they fought, and a visceral indictment of the poverty which took them.
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm