What becomes of man when all he has left is survival?
Heinz Helle was born in 1978. He studied philosophy in Munich and New York. He has worked as copywriter for advertising agencies, and is a graduate of the Swiss Literature Institute in Biel. Euphoria is his second novel; his first novel Superabundance was also published by Serpent's Tail.
Helle's impressionistic tale skips from incident to incident and past to present, bringing the emotional physical trials of the group to vivid life -- James Smart * Guardian *
Profound and extremely unsettling with a powerful message for our increasingly hate-filled times -- John Harding * Daily Mail *
Makes The Road seem like a Disney cartoon by comparison ... Helle is an astute predictor of human nature, and part of the reason this book is so haunting is because his characters all react to their constantly-deteriorating circumstances in entirely believable though by no means predictable ways. Euphoria may not take long to read, but it will certainly take a long time to forget. -- Roger Cox * Scotsman *
Leaves you shivering. In a crystal clear, poetic language Helle ... speaks of beauty and indifference of nature, the survival instincts of man, our cruelty but also our capacity for friendship. * FOCUS *
Post-apocalyptic fiction told in scientifically precise, rhythmic language that unfolds just by its sparseness into great poetry * NDR *
Helle has mastered a rare tautness of expression ... it takes your breath away * Die Zeit *