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Marc-Uwe Kling, born in 1982, lives and works as a songwriter, political stand-up comedian and author in Berlin. He studied philosophy and theatre science at the Freie Universität Berlin and since 2003 has been a guest at various reading events and poetry slams all over Germany. In 2004 he founded his own series of public literary events which is running until today. A two-time German Poetry Slam Champion, Marc-Uwe Kling has also won numerous awards for his stage shows. For his Kangaroo Trilogy, bestsellers in Germany, he was awarded the German Radio Award, the German Cabaret Award and the German Audiobook Prize.
QualityLand is a fun dystopia that plays in a near future. The novel takes the reader to an unspecified western country, which for reasons of image was renamed. In QualityLand work, leisure time and relationships are optimized by algorithms. QualityPartner knows who is best suited to you. The self-driving car knows where you want to go. And anyone who is registered with TheShop will receive all the products he or she wants, without having to order them, because the system knows what everybody wants. No one is forced any more to take difficult decisions – because in QualityLand the answer to every question is: OK.
Nevertheless, the machine-scrapper Peter begins to suspect that something is wrong with his life. If the system is really so perfect, why are there drones that suffer from fear of flight, or combat robots with post-traumatic stress disorder? Why did the system rate him at level 10, only one level above the single-digit range, where people are considered "useless"? Why does his girlfriend Sandra Admin unhesitatingly leave him during a romantic dinner when QualityPartner offers her a better partner as an upgrade? And why the hell does he get a pink vibrator in form of a dolphin from TheShop? Peter decides to return the unwanted product, but that's not at all easy.
An astonishing futuristic satire about the promises and pitfalls of digitisation. Visionary, profound and very, very funny.
Kling's narration is formally captivating and imaginative - the most exciting political novel in a long time.
Druckfrisch, Denis Scheck
A featherweight comedy with a dark wit and inventive pictures.
FAZ, Sandra Kegel
A society satire, to laugh oneself to death, for all who are not yet dead.
Die Zeit, Elisabeth von Thadden
Always entertaining, but never without false bottom.
ntv, Solveig Bach
In Die Känguru-Chroniken (“The Kangaroo Chronicles”) the author Marc-Uwe Kling lives together with a kangaroo and writes funny songs and stories. His business model is to publish books that fiercely criticize capitalism and sell incredibly well. The kangaroo came to Germany as a guest-worker. It is a communist and an antifascist, but most of the time behaves like an anarchist. Like every real kangaroo it loves boxing, always carries boxing gloves in its bag and founded the “Fight Club”, where people are trained to fight Nazis. Its antipathy to capitalism is easy to understand when it plays Monopoly with Marc-Uwe: the kangaroo doesn’t accept any rules, refuses to pay the rent for entering a house and squats in it; then all houses, train stations, the waterworks and the electricity power station are claimed free for the public. The game ends surprisingly in a tie. It is really into Nirvana. It's a classical Berlin flat-sharing community, where the deep questions of life are hotly debated: is lying in a hammock already a kind of passive resistance? Must the kangaroo place its pouch onto the conveyor belt at the airport security check? Did the kangaroo really fight for the Vietcong? And why is it addicted to champagne truffles?
In Das Känguru-Manifest (“The Kangaroo Manifest”) they are back again: the communist kangaroo and the stoic artisan. In their fight against the mysterious Ministry of Productivity they are not afraid of anything. A conspiracy at the lowest level. Spectacular revelations. Scandals. Something crazy about religion. Wonderfully slanting stories - with fun, excitement and champagne truffles.
Die Känguru-Offenbarung (“The Kangaroo Revelation”) is the fulminating sequel to the sequel: the marsupial and the minky artist on the hunt for the mysterious penguin. Get ready: This is the revelation of the kangaroos to show the Asocial Network what will happen in the near future.
Stories from the pouch – thunderingly comical!
Millions can be wrong, but this time the fans are absolutely right - the man is an event. (...) I have rarely felt so well, persistently and soothingly amused.
There are a total of 1000 Kangaroo pages to read, and none of them you would want to delete.
Berlin: Ullstein 2017, 384 p.
Over 335,000 copies sold
Under the top 10 of the Spiegel Bestseller list over 5 month
Complete English translation available
Japan: Kawade Sobo Shinsha • Kuwait: Alsurra (Arabic) • Turkey: Epsilon • UK: Orion • USA: Grand Central (Hachette)
Film rights sold to x-Filme ("Goodbye, Lenin", "Das weiße Band"). Approx. budget: 10 million euros, director Dani Levy. Shooting 2018
195 weeks on the Spiegel Bestseller list
Audio Books Awards (11x Gold)
Die Känguru-Offenbarung: der Känguru-Chroniken dritter Teil
Berlin: Ullstein 2014, 2015, 393 p.
Das Känguru-Manifest: der Känguru-Chroniken zweiter Teil
Berlin: Ullstein 2011, 2015, 302 p.
Die Känguru-Chroniken: Ansichten eines vorlauten Beuteltiers
Berlin: Ullstein 2009, 2015, 271 p.
Complete English translation available
Denmark: Turbine 2016 • France: Laffont • Korea: Will Company 2016 • Netherlands: De Harmonie 2018
Ill. by Astrid Henn
Dresden/Leipzig: Voland & Quist