The Adventures of a Bed Salesman

The Adventures of a Bed Salesman

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Heinrich Hampel is a lovable rogue. His creed is: 'There are bed salesmen who succeed because they understand beds, and there are bed salesman who succeed because they understand women. The future belongs to the latter.' Heinrich charms his way into the hearts, beds and purses of his female customers in Bavaria in the 1950s. Having persuaded them to buy the best French beds and silk sheets, Heinrich proceeds to test the quality of his goods with them personally. His long-suffering wife Rosa can tell from a glance at the rumpled sheets whether business or love is at hand. When Bella enters the scene, Rosa begins to worry. These are the years of the postwar economic miracle, nothing can go wrong. But everything does, and Heinrich finds himself in crippling debt. In 1962, Heinrich crosses the border to East Germany, hoping to find a haven from his family and the evils of capitalism. His wife and children turn up like bad eggs, but Heinrich is incorrigible, and the carousel starts again.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 426 pages
  • 111 x 178mm
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion mass market paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752848933
  • 9780752848938

About Michael Kumpfmüller

Michael Kumpfmuller was born in 1961 in Munich and now lives in Berlin. He is a freelance journalist for Die Zeit, Suddeutsche Zeitung and Frankfurter Runschau,show more