Amir Shaheen: Noch zweimal einpacken bis Südterrasse

Noch zweimal einpacken bis Südterrasse

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All Amir Shaheen really wants is somewhere to live. But not just anyhow and ideally with his girlfriend. So the couple look for a flat together, which is not as easy as they thought. But the adventure really only gets going after the dream dwelling has been found. Not every tradesman is as competent as he claims, the search for the right wardrobe can quickly become a saga, a flat in the “multi-cable” area does not necessarily have internet connection and a gas boiler can demand as much attention as a third housemate.

Prose | 1st edition 2013 | 175 pages | Price 12.80 € | ISBN: 978-3-944201-09-2
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Noch zweimal einpacken bis Südterrasse (Pack up twice more until south facing terrace)
by Amir Shaheen

All Amir Shaheen really wants is somewhere to live. But not just anyhow and ideally with his girlfriend. So the couple look for a flat together, which is not as easy as they thought. But the adventure really only gets going after the dream dwelling has been found. Not every tradesman is as competent as he claims, the search for the right wardrobe can quickly become a saga, a flat in the “multi-cable” area does not necessarily have internet connection and a gas boiler can demand as much attention as a third housemate. Shaheen describes all the perils of moving to a new house and in so doing seeks the meaning of “living”.
“Yeah, like I said, for the sink. A cover or a lid”
“Urm?” “Or a cap.” “Cap?” “For the hole where the tap goes.”
“What you mean is a seal.” “Seal? No, I mean to close the hole.”
“Because it isn’t sealed and it leaks?”
“No, no! We’ve moved. In the new kitchen the tap is on the wall.”
“A wall tap.” “A wall tap… but in the sink there’s now a hole. In the old flat that’s where the tap was. Now do you understand?” “Gotcha: tap hole plugs.” “Tap hole-?” “Plugs! Second aisle on the left. Next to the taps.”

Press commentary

 

Amir Shaheens house moving and decorating saga may strike a chord with some readers. The author from Cologne minutely and humorously describes the trials and consequences of moving home. ……. The report makes ideal reading material for those Cologners bedevilled by home seeking and home moving. Entertaining, apposite, amusing.” (Jens Hüttenberger, Draußenseiter, Nr. 143, April 2014)

As brutal as a visit to a DIY superstore: that’s how witty are the tales of an unusual house move. … What Amir Shaheen describes will chime with everyone who has ever had to move. It isn’t just the protagonists’ hearts which sink; the reader too feels the pain when faced with the helplessness in the DIY store or the awful tales of the tradesmen fiddling with the gas boiler.” (Inka Hornemann, Altenaer Kreisblatt, 27.10.2013)

Amir Shaheen moves, or rather moves in with. It all starts with the search for a flat – by no means easy in Cologne; and a modern adventure begins. From the initial decision to the bittersweet ending, everything you have to go through (including the question “Why?” as previously the pair were already quite happy) is told with dry humour by Amir Shaheen. … If, as in his case, Murphy’s Law – anything that can go wrong will go wrong – is applied to the max., it’s nice for the reader to know that it has happened to someone else.” (Bernd Vielhaber, Kölner Illustrierte, 1/2014)

‘It’s hard work with a woman’, this move, the description of which has the public in tears of laughter. At the end of the reading one delighted listener described the author, with good reason, as the ‘Kishon of Altena.’” (Silvia Sauser, Altenaer Kreisblatt, 3.11.2010)

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