Let's break the ice: David Safier

Let's break the ice

Let's break the ice

Let's break the ice -or Aufgetaut, by its original German title, is a contemporary novel written by Bremen screenwriter and author David Safier. The work was published for the first time on September 29, 2020, by the publisher Rowohlt Taschenbuch. Later, it was published by Planeta's Seix Barral publishing label and translated into Spanish by María José Díez Pérez.

In a literary forum where the most complex issues of today or the wonders and terrors of the past are highlighted, Let's break the ice It is presented with a plot that mixes both eras and something completely new. Critics and most readers have assumed this title for what it is: a fun story about the search for happiness.

Synopsis of Let's break the ice

The fundamental principle of life is the pursuit of happiness

Felix es a dreamer who longs to change the world. To achieve this, he has founded several small companies that have failed over the years. Over time, he has designed magic pens capable of correcting spelling mistakes, vegan meat flavored with men's underwear, and other atrocities that no one would dare buy. In the midst of debt, he travels to the arctic.

The man receives the opportunity to travel on a cruise ship to give lectures about failure, at the same time that he is allowed the opportunity to live with his daughter Maya, an intelligent, lively and sarcastic eleven-year-old girl, who lives with Franzi, the protagonist's ex-wife. In reality, all Felix wants is to be happy and for others to feel equally happy thanks to his amazing discoveries.

How to exercise people to be happy?

According to man, the best way to live is to follow a dream. Unlike his father, Felix's aspirations were not about money or status. He wanted to discover a way to do something good for others, that was his true dream. However, the more he thought about how to fill the lives of others with joy, the more he moved away from his original idea. So, he began to establish a new business model.

It was an App designed to show people how to be happy. Still, Felix had no tangible idea about how to achieve such a thing, and he noticed it when he became interested in logos, interior design, programming, cost planning, among other things. While he was wasting away in his “millionaire idea to achieve fame and fortune,” he noticed that his cruise ship was very close to floating ice.

The future is a strange place

In it, the figure of a woman could be seen and, next to her, that of a small mammoth. That couldn't be possible at this point in human history, could it? Miraculously, somehow, Urga had been frozen in an iceberg for 33.000 years, next to her faithful mammoth. Her thawing was due to climate change, which had reduced the Arctic ice and allowed her to return to life.

However, Urga did not feel happy in this new world. Seeing the disaster that the Earth had become, he would almost have preferred to resume his dream cryogenic and never wake up. Still, this Stone Age woman was, first and foremost, a fighter, so she decided to investigate whether it was possible to have a happy life in this strange world before giving up.

Chaos is better when shared with good friends

This is how the adventure of Urga began, who was accompanied by the always disastrous businessman Felix, the ingenious little Maya and the strange captain Lovska. The journey marked them forever, and united them on a journey full of threats and learning where they will not only discover love, but also the best way to accept themselves and the secret of happiness.

It is evident that the key to being happy is very subjective, since it depends a lot on what happiness represents for each human being. However, Let's break the ice makes it clear that, while it is not possible to make a real generalization, it is also possible to do things for others It is a great incentive to find that internal feeling of comfort and joy.

About the Author

David Safier was born on December 13, 1966, in Bremen, Germany. He graduated in Journalism, and specialized in the areas of radio and television. In 1996, he came to TV and began a career as a screenwriter, collaborating on local series such as Mein Leben und Ich and Nikola and the sitcom titled Berlin, Berlin. Over the years it has been awarded multiple times.

His work has earned him awards such as the Grimme, the German TV Award and an Emmy for best international comedy in the United States. In 2007, David Safier began his career as a novelist with Mieses Karma —published in Spanish in 2009 with the title Damned karma—. This comedy achieved international success that catapulted the author much further than he expected.

His next novel emerged in 2008, named Jesus liebt mich, known in Spanish as Jesus loves me. This last book was published in Spain in 2010, and its rights were sold to be brought to the big screen.

David Safier's Literary Chronology

  • Mieses Karma — Cursed Karma (2007);
  • Jesus liebt mich — Jesus loves me (2008);
  • Plötzlich Shakespeare — I, my, me… with you (2010);
  • Happy Family — A happy family (2011);
  • Muh! — Moo! (2012);
  • 28 Tage lang — 28 days (2014);
  • Mieses Karma hoch 2 — More Cursed Karma (2015);
  • Traumprinz — And colorín, colorado… You (2017);
  • Die Ballade von Max und Amelie — The Ballad of Max and Amelie (2018);
  • Miss Merkel: Mord in der Uckermark — Miss Merkel. The case of the retired chancellor (2021);
  • Miss Merkel — The case of the buried gardener (2022)
  • As long as we're alive (2024)

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