Bel Veder is awarded with the literary prize of Bern's Office of Culture 2019
The Canton of Bern's Office of Culture awards seven writers in 2019. The prizes go to Mirko Beetschen, Martin Bieri / Ariane von Graffenried, Franz Dodel, Jürg Halter, Rolf Hermann, Li Mollet and Paul Wittwer. The public award ceremony will take place on June 26 2019 in the Vidmarhallen, Liebefeld/Bern.
With "Bel Veder", author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic Novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations. The setting is an old grand hotel in the Swiss Alps in the autumn of 1946. Office of Culture / Literature Commission, 28.05.2019
Mirko Beetschens highly reviewed second novel "Bel Veder" is a dark Gothic novel set in the Bernese Alps, an intimite play written with intelligent suspense with a classic approach.
Autumn 1946. The ancient owner of an abandoned grand hotel in the Bernese Alps disappears without a trace and is declared dead.
His niece Eleanor arrives with her twin sister Violet from Baltimore to claim the inheritance and meets the members of her European family. Until the opening of the will the small group settles within the empty rooms of the remote hotel palace and dreams of revived grandeur.
Eleanor, however, feels increasingly threatened by the strange environment.
The mountains as well as the abandoned halls and corridors of the hotel unsettle her. Is the old building really as empty as it seems. When a terrible accident happens and an unexpected snowstorm cuts the hotel off, the situation escalates.
«Mirko Beetschen proves to be a talented narrator who knows how to capture moods accurately and make atmospheres come alive almost physically in his dense language.»
DER BUND, SEP 2018
ZYTGLOGGE VERLAG, 2018
hardback with dust jacket | 13 x 21 cm | 443 pages
cover image: Schweizerische Nationalbibliothek, Eidgenössisches Archiv für Denkmalpflege (EAD): Archiv Photoglob-Wehrli
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Bergdorf co-owner Mirko Beetschen’s first novel "Schattenbruder" is a psychological thriller set in Switzerland.
What if you invited someone in and they won't leave again ...?
«Of course the story is so brilliantly told that the initial clues, which really are the reader’s own perfidious hope, totally mislead you until the very end.»
BUCHHANDLUNG LÖWENHERZ, JUN 2015
Samuel Bach (37) seems to have everything he could wish for: He’s a successful journalist and architecture critic, lives in wealthy Swiss city and enjoys his single life, culture and a small circle of friends. When he flirts with a stranger one night, his life takes a wrong turn.
Raymond does his best to maintain contact – much to Samuel’s chagrin. The seemingly random encounters and efforts of his devotee become increasingly irritating and more and more threatening. The shy stranger gradually evolves into a merciless stalker, and Samuel has no other choice than to turn the tables. That’s when he makes a shocking discovery.
Mirko Beetschen’s amazing debut novel is a psychological puzzle about identity and appearances, a multi-layered thriller with a surprising outcome.