And Kurt Cobain was Dead is set in the Southern German Romano-medieval city of Regensburg in the early 1990s and largely revolves around the young Kurt who is studying at the city’s university. Although the narrative centers on its main character and his relationships, the passing of time and the inexorable weight of history are core elements. An interjecting disquiet as always present beneath an pronounced feeling of paralysis and impotence, creating a longing for change.
Although Kurt finds himself within a small group of friends, he is often an outsider, distracted by the elusive Claudia. But he is not alone. Everyone is in some way on the periphery from the militant-minded fellow student Rory to the cynical professor Wolf, to the aging Herr Hauser.
A first novel of a late “coming of age” genre, it casts a jaundiced eye on a period without strife or want and with an over indulgence of youth’s hedonism and vague dreams.
Seminal works of German literature such as Thomas Mann’s 'The Magic Mountain' and Robert Musil’s 'The Confusions of Young Törless' have prompted and informed my work, as well as other writers such as Frank Conroy ('Stop Time').