From the inside page of the cover (translated from the German with DeepL):
Pascal Gschwind is responsible for the external perception of a Swiss mining company that is active worldwide. In the wake of climate change and the ever louder demands for higher environmental standards and better working conditions in the mines, he has his hands full making his company’s image shine in the international media.
His wife and son are interested in other things: inwardness, mindfulness and environmental issues drive them; but Pascal Gschwind does not even realise that here, already quietly, very quietly, a first time bomb is ticking in his life.
When the rare earth rapacitanium is suddenly discovered in Beatenberg on Lake Thun, activists and scientists come on the scene and campaign in vain against the first exploratory drillings. Gschwind takes over the PR work here as well.
A short time later, Lake Thun suddenly begins to lose water. This is followed by slight earth tremors and irregularities that do not bode well.
Pascal Gschwind, completely focused on his work, loses closeness to his family in the course of his overload, which makes him do things that have just as catastrophic an effect in the cosmos of his personal life as the drilling has on the natural conditions of Lake Thun. The former family idyll is gone, Switzerland is hit by violent quakes, life is shaken from the bottom up. But how do we go on after this upsetting experience?
The novel GSCHWIND oder Das mutmaßlich zweckfreie Zirpen der Grillen (“GSCHWIND or the presumably purposeless chirping of crickets”) was written by Urs Mannhart and published by Secession Verlag in Berlin in 2021. Design by Julie Heumüller with typesetting by Eva Mutter and production by Daniel Klotz, Die Lettertypen. Paper cover (binding): f.colour metallic by Schabert.