Veit Kolbe spends some months at Lake Mondsee, underneath the majestic Dragonwall, in Upper Austria. Here he meets two women. However, he is but a soldier off duty, nursing his wounds from Russia. Margot and Margarete share with him the hope, that, one day, life might start again. It is 1944, the war pretty much lost, but how much longer will it all drag on? Arno Geiger tells of Veit’s nightmares, of the “Brazilian”, who longs to return to Rio de Janeiro, of the quaint normality in an Austrian town – and of love. A majestic novel about the fate of the individual and the powerful pull of history, about our most intimate lives and war, about the fallen and the living.