Der Anschlag by Stephen King

By Stephen King

Wenn die Vergangenheit grausam zuschlägt – Stephen King schreibt die amerikanische Geschichte neu

Am 22. November 1963 fielen in Dallas, Texas, drei Schüsse. John F. Kennedy starb, und die Welt veränderte sich für immer. Wenn guy das Geschehene ungeschehen machen könnte – wären die Folgen es wert? Jake Epping kann in die Vergangenheit zurückkehren und will den Anschlag verhindern. Aber je näher er seinem Ziel kommt, umso vehementer wehrt sich die Vergangenheit gegen jede Änderung. Stephen Kings neuer großer Roman ist eine journey de strength, die ihresgleichen sucht – voller spannender motion, tiefer Einsichten und großer Gefühle.

Jake Epping lebt ein normales Leben, bis sein Freund Al ihm ein großes Geheimnis enthüllt: Er kennt ein Portal, das ins Jahr 1958 führt. Und Al gewinnt ihn für eine wahnsinnige undertaking. Jake soll in die Vergangenheit zurückkehren und das Attentat auf John F. Kennedy vereiteln, um den Gang der Geschichte positiv zu korrigieren. Und so beginnt für Jake ein neues Leben in einer für ihn neuen Welt. Es ist die Welt von Elvis und JFK, von großen amerikanischen automobiles und beschwingten Highschool-Tanzveranstaltungen. Es ist die Welt des gequälten Einzelgängers Lee Harvey Oswald, aber auch die der Bibliothekarin Sadie Dunhill, die Jakes große Liebe seines Lebens wird – eines Lebens, das gegen alle normalen Regeln der Zeit verstößt. Und je näher Jake seinem Ziel kommt, den Mord an Kennedy rückgängig zu machen, desto bizarrer wehrt sich die Vergangenheit dagegen – mit aller gnadenlosen Gewalt, die sich auch gegen Jakes neue Liebe richtet ...

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They were all stood with their backs to me, every last one of them staring out over the ocean and out towards the dark horizon. Families stood together in bright waterproofs talking, for once, to the normally insular and reticent locals. It was obvious that they’d all seen the same incredible sight that I’d just witnessed. No-one could have missed it. Even though I was only there for a few breathless seconds, I could sense a peculiar unease and uncertainty hanging in the air. The locals, the tourists and myself were united in the fact that none of us had a bloody clue what had just happened.

I went into the house and pulled the door closed behind me. `I know. ’ she laughed, interrupting me. ’ `Siobhan’s at work and Rob’s still half-drunk from last night,’ I explained. Clare said nothing. She just shook her head and walked towards the kitchen. Penny hovered at my side. I looked down and she flashed a toothy smile back at me. ’ I asked, ruffling her already untidy hair. `All right,’ she mumbled before turning and running away from me as quickly as she could. I didn’t take it personally.

We used to joke that when she spoke her squeal was so high-pitched that it made the dogs in the street stop and run to her whenever she opened her mouth. ’ He was right. The chances of the aliens finding our planet must have been slim enough, but to have stumbled upon our village? It defied all comprehension. Rob got up and went to fetch more drinks. I shuffled my seat round so that I had a better view of the television screen, taking care to stay close to Siobhan. Her hand was resting on my knee.

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