Here Lies Tirpitz
Tirpitz was Germany’s largest battleship with a crew of over 2,300 men. The ship was in Norway for a large part of the Second World War. On November 12, 1944, Tirpitz was bombed and sank near Håkøya outside Tromsø, and 916 men died. These are stories of the ship’s crew and officers before, during and after the war. During the war Tiripitz was mostly docked, making the ship an easy target. We encounter the voices of those on board and the inside drama which played out. What happens to young boys and men when their expectations of war and life are put on hold or crushed?
This novel is a kaleidoscope: the voices of the men on the ship are blended together with the voices of their loved ones and families in Germany and the voices of the Norwegians who can see the ship from the shore. Combined they become a chorus bearing witness to the high price of war. Here there are no heroes, no enemies – just people. This is a poetic anti-war document.