Trapped in the mountains

Bel Veder

Gothic novel

Press

OFFICE OF CULTURE

OFFICE OF CULTURE

May 2019

Literary award for «Bel Veder»

Mirko Beetschen is awarded with the literary prize of Bern's Office of Culture 2019. – «With ‹Bel Veder›, author Mirko Beetschen successfully creates a visually stunning and thrilling Gothic novel, in which he playfully messes with the reader's expectations. The setting is an old grand hotel in the Swiss Alps in the autumn of 1946.»

BERNER ZEITUNG

BERNER ZEITUNG

October 2018

Nightmare hotel

«Mirko Beetschen builds up the tension very skilfully and weaves in new, surprising plotlines (…). And of course the story is so gripping and creepy that you can hardly put the book down.»

DER BUND

DER BUND

October 2018

No bedtime story

«(…) Mirko Beetschen proves to be a talented narrator who knows how to capture moods accurately and make atmospheres come alive almost physically in his dense language.»

AROSER ZEITUNG

AROSER ZEITUNG

March 2022

Inexorably thrilling

«How author and performer Mirko Beetschen and his sound artist Barbara Schirmer took the tension to the extreme cannot be imitated. Both have proved that they are artists of the first rank, artists who create mood and atmosphere.»

SRF REGIONALJOURNAL

SRF REGIONALJOURNAL

December 2018

«I hate to watch horror movies in a remote place»

«Journalist and writer Mirko Beetschen has written a gothic novel set in an abandoned hotel on the fictitious Finsteralp in the Bernese Oberland. Here, a handful of relatives meet to claim the inheritance of their deceased grandfather - and strange things start happening.»

KULTURTIPP

KULTURTIPP

September 2018

Ghosts of ​the past

«With his second novel «Bel Veder», Bernese writer Mirko Beetschen delivers a gripping chamber play with gothic elements.»

SCHWEIZ AM WOCHENENDE

SCHWEIZ AM WOCHENENDE

November 2018

Comfy spook

«Mirko Beetschen, who is clearly familiar with the area in which Bel Veder is set, creates a very intense atmosphere. His world is so incredibly far removed from reality that readers can settle down and enjoy the goosebumps.»

JUNGFRAU ZEITUNG

JUNGFRAU ZEITUNG

October 2018

Literary award

«In his second novel (…) Mirko Beetschen tests his readers’ nerves to the extreme.»

NEW BOOKS IN GERMAN

NEW BOOKS IN GERMAN

September 2018

Recommended for translation by NEW BOOKS IN GERMANS

«Mirko Beetschen’s Alpine thriller is teeming with elements from a classic Gothic ghost story. While there are echoes of older writers such as Edgar Allen Poe and Agatha Christie, or Henry James in The Turning of the Screw, there are also similarities with contemporary voices including Kate Mosse in Labyrinth and Susan Hill.

20 MINUTEN

20 MINUTEN

November 2018

The Gothic hotel in the Bernese Oberland

«With his second novel, Mirko Beetschen (…) has a go at the venerable genre of the gothic story. And he does it really well.»