by Stefan Kiesbye

280 pages / June 2018 / 9781947544086


Berlingeles reads like an episode of Black Mirror, as conceived by Kafka. Echoes of the past collide with a nightmarish future, set forth in elegant, compulsive prose.
— Meg Howrey, author of The Wanderers
In a dystopian future, Los Angeles has been walled-in, Berlin-style, and Gaz, a rising member of the city’s most notorious street gang finds himself pitted against our 96-year-old protagonist, K. Seeking a way out of this hellish maze of sweeping slums, waves of violence, and little hope, Gaz might just have found his path to salvation, while the underworld hangs on the prophecies of blind prophet Gerut, and the rest of the lost city still smolders in the ashes of a civil war. 
Berlingeles brings the future into sharp Gibsonian focus, constructs Dickian landscapes, and brings forth a haunting vision of what lies just beyond our world gone awry. Stefan Kiesbye has been hailed as the inventor of the modern German gothic novel, and with his new novel, he gives us cyberpunk as only he can.

About the Author

Stefan Kiesbye was born on the German coast of the Baltic Sea. He studied drama and worked in radio before starting a degree in American studies, English, and comparative literature at Berlin’s Freie Universität. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Publishers Weekly, among others. His first book, Next Door Lived a Girl, won the Low Fidelity Press Novella Award. The novel Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone made Entertainment Weekly’s Must List and was named one of the best books of 2012 by Slate. The LA Noir Fluchtpunkt Los Angeles and the novel The Staked Plains appeared in 2015. On publication of his most recent book Knives, Forks, Scissors, Flames, German newspaper Die Welt called the author “the inventor of the modern German gothic novel.” Berlingeles is his sixth novel. Kiesbye teaches creative writing at Sonoma State University in Northern California.


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