A humorous novel
By Matthias Krug
What if, instead of waiting until your marriage breaks down after ten years, you go to the psychologist ten days before you tie the knot? And what if, instead of going to him, the crazy Iraqi psychologist comes to live with you?
This is a modern love story. There are no quarrelling clans, no poisoned lovers; it is just Marisol and Hugo. And Mo.
The year is 2010. With “la crisis” showing no signs of receding in hard-hit Madrid, unemployed Muslim psychologist Mo is miraculously taken up out of the streets by a Columbian metro stripper, who is convinced she needs couple counselling ten days before her marriage to Hugo. Her soon to be husband is an egocentric Norwegian speech writer who likes to look at other girls and sees both the psychologist and the counselling as completely superfluous, but agrees out of “love, on a secondary level, and more intuitively and immediately the danger of being eaten by a fly-trap plant of a woman if I dare to refuse”.
But with less than a week remaining before their marriage, he is deeply troubled by Marisol’s literal interpretation of the phrase that ‘the good thing about the Recession is that it makes people move closer together’. As an increasing influx of colourful creatures (both human and otherwise) into his city-centre flat begins, Hugo is soon driven to despair by the political speeches he writes. Forced out onto the streets in search of truth and tranquillity, he comes across a charity worker who makes him a selfless offer he can only refuse: swap in the next fifty years of your life to save humanity.
Praise for ‘Selfishness’:
“A fascinating story one cannot put down when one starts reading it as it constantly rebounds, bringing in new exciting adventures and thoughts. A terrific sense of humour and great story telling.”
- Evelyne Accad, author of numerous award winning books among including "The Excised", "Sexuality and War" and Women of the Dawn", and Professeur Emerite
at University of Illinois and Lebanese American University.
“A spectacular storyline sprinkled with fresh, cuttingly sharp words, realer than life characters, a heavy dose of humour, and a deep, hard-hitting message. A must-read novel of our time. Wonderfully humorous and meaningful. Screaming to be read”
– Phil Ball, author of numerous successful books including ‘The Hapless Teacher’s Handbook’, ‘Morbo’ and ‘White Storm’.
Praise for Matthias Krug’s writing:
“Interesting work, with a memorable voice and great last line” – The New Yorker, USA.
“It flows beautifully and magically and is on its way to being perfect” – Carte Blanche literary magazine, Canada.
Matthias Krug writing in the field of Journalism:
Matthias Krug has made a name as an independent journalist with a diverse readership across the world. He has written for prestigious newspapers, publications and websites across six continents. These include major networks such as the BBC, ESPN, Al Jazeera International and the DPA news agency, for whom he has been a regular contributor. His work has also featured in traditional newspapers such as El Pais (Spain), The Providence Journal (USA), or the Buenos Aires Herald (Argentina), as well as specialist publications like Arts Monthly Australia, Tennis Head, 442 (UK) and IOL News (South Africa). Matthias' writing has been featured in countries in all corners of the globe, from Norway and India to Australia and the United States.
Equally diverse has been the range of issues Matthias has written about. As an 18-year old apprentice he quickly found his way onto the opinion pages of The Gulf Times with a thought-provoking piece on the then imminent US invasion of Iraq, whilst also maintaining a weekly football column for the sports pages. He has been an insightful reporter at numerous world class sport events such as the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, the 2006 Doha Asian Games, UEFA Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland or the 2008 WTA Championships in Doha.
His insightful interviews have included top sports personalities like Belgian cycling legend Eddie Merckx, tennis great Roger Federer, Spanish World Cup winner and Euro 2008 winning goal-scorer Fernando Torres, FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi, Chelsea forward Didier Drogba, double Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen or Croatian high jump queen and World Champion Blanka Vlasic. Away from the sporting field he has talked to museum directors like Dr Oliver Watson of the Museum of Islamic Arts in Qatar, top scholars like Roger Mandle, former President of the Rhode Island School of Design, classy artists such as 'The Queen of Flamenco' Blanca del Rey, the 'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan, and firebrand campaigners such as Frenchman Robert Menard of Reporters Without Borders. Matthias also always makes sure to talk to the men and women on the streets, and to incorporate their perspectives into his writing. Matthias is currently a football columnist for ESPN Soccernet and an arts writer in Spain for Arts Monthly Australia.
With such a wide range of experience in the field of journalism and an increasing move towards the fiction realms, Matthias has been asked to lecture at the Carnegie Mellon University on 'working in a developing media landscape', and assisted students in research for their final paper. He has also taken part in a journalism discussion round on the development of media studies in the region, chaired by Aga Khan University with attendance of George Washington University, Northwestern University and the Financial Times. The common thread running through all of his journalism work has been the dedication to a high quality of writing, coupled with a social commitment which Matthias believes is essential in a rapidly evolving media world. This has helped make Krug journalism a fresh and vibrant voice wherever it has been read throughout the world.
For more information see www.mkrug.com