Tag: Hans M. Hirschi

Hans M. Hirschi – The Opera House | Review

Title: The Opera House

Author: Hans M. Hirschi

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 264

Rating: 9/10


Hans Hirschi - The Opera House

Hans M. Hirschi – The Opera House


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

The Opera House was an interesting one – I’ve already read and enjoyed two other Hirschi novels, and I never know what to expect because each of them seems to have a personality of their own. Here, we follow the story of a gay man who’s still in mourning after the death of his young son, as he attempts to rebuild his life. Much of this relies on his friendship with a sixteen-year-old street kid called Brian, who disappears – Raphael, the protagonist, begins to see Brian as a second chance at redemption, and he grows determined to save him from a life of prostitution.

I recently interviewed Hans, and one of the questions I asked was whether he thinks he writes in any particular genre. Hans says that he mixes genres together and I’d agree, although I also agree with him when he said that, if anything, his work is more like contemporary literary fiction than anything else. Here, as with his other work, the protagonist is gay – that said, it doesn’t feel forced, and this isn’t a book that you only enjoy if you’re a gay man. There really is something here for everyone, and I also think that this is the author’s easiest read, at least from the books that I’ve read. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it, so what are you waiting for?


Hans M. Hirschi

Hans M. Hirschi


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Hans M. Hirschi – The Fallen Angels of Karnataka | Review

Title: The Fallen Angels of Karnataka

Author: Hans M. Hirschi

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 268

Rating: 9/10


Hans M. Hirschi - The Fallen Angels of Karnataka

Hans M. Hirschi – The Fallen Angels of Karnataka


Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this book for free for review purposes.

This is the second of Hirschi’s books that I’ve read, and although I thought Willem of the Tafel was good, this one raised the bar. My only gripe with it is the title, which does get explained towards the end but which I also think fails to set your expectations as high as they should be, at the beginning – that said, I also can’t think of a better alternative.

As for the plot, it’s perfect – it’s also hard to classify into a genre, but I’d go for ‘literary fiction‘, whatever that is. It follows the story of a Norwegian guy called Haakon, as he falls in love only for it to be cut tragically short. After that, he decides to see the world a bit, and all sorts of crazy things happen. I can’t give away the plot any more than I already have, but I can tell that you’re in for a bumpy ride, and that paedophilia and homosexuality are both featured, as well as pretty much everywhere in the world except America.

I really can’t fault this book too much, but it’s just not quite good enough for a ten – that said, even if this isn’t my book of the year, it’s easily my book of the month, and I recommend you check it out. Tell Michel that I said hi.


Hans M. Hirschi

Hans M. Hirschi


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