Naw Much of a Talker

“Der Goalie bin ig” übersetzt ins Schottische Englisch von Donal McLaughlin

Naw Much of a Talker

An acclaimed, award-winning comic novel about truth, lies and storytelling, with an unforgettably unreliable narrator, translated from its innovative Swiss vernacular back into the Glaswegian that was its original inspiration.


Known only as ‘the goalie’, the novel’s narrator is always taking the blame. He’s just been released from jail, having kept schtum during a drugs bust. The goalie is a sucker for a good story, he lives and breathes them, is forever telling stories to himself and anyone who’ll listen.


He returns to his hometown broke, falling in love with Regi, a barmaid. On a trip together to Spain Regi realises that this obsession with storytelling has its downsides, the goalie all too ready to believe the yarns his so-called friends spin.


Naw Much of a Talker is a charming, hilarious tour through the goalie’s anecdotes. Storytelling is his way of avoiding problems and conflict, his crowning achievement and tragic flaw. Regi concludes that it isn’t a woman the goalie needs, but an audience.


Inspired by a six month residency in Glasgow, Pedro Lenz harnesses his considerable powers as a performer and oral storyteller in this powerful and unforgettable celebration of the rhythms and musicality of the spoken word.


‘Lenz uses language so brilliantly, it sounds like a live broadcast from real life.’
Der kleine Bund


‘Lenz is a master in creating forms of speech which take in much that remains unspoken.’
Tages-Anzeiger


‘...this story’s heart clearly belongs to Glasgow, and Lenz taps into the Glaswegian temprament perfectly… in language that is raw and poignant, and positively glows with humanity.’
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Naw Much of a Talker by Pedro Lenz
translated by Donal McLaughlin
Sprache: Schottisches Englisch
Freight Books, Glasgow, August 2013
Originalverlag: Der Gesunde Menschenversand GmbH, 2010
Originaltitel: „Der Goalie bin ig“
ISBN 978-1-908754-22-6
240 pages, Paperback and Kindle Edition (ebook)