The Happiness Bureau

by Andreas Izquierdo 
ISBN: 978-0-9985073-3-0
Publication Date: March 15, 2018

Price: $18.95

Pages: 207


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The Happiness Bureau

(Original title: DAS GLÜCKSBÜRO)

Albert Happy is a strange fellow. He is just over fifty, a little dry, meticulous, and he works at the Agency for Administrative Affairs. Forms, stamps, and service regulations are the world in which he has established himself as an exemplary employee. Literally speaking, because Albert not only works in the agency, he also lives there. Unknown to any of his co-workers, he has set up a small room in the basement for himself and is happily devoted to the same day-to-day routine, lived out fully within the agency's four walls. But one day Albert's carefully arranged order hits a snag. On his desk, he discovers an application which should not really exist. Its officially designated number is not part of the bureaucratic system, and the applicant has not applied for anything specific. Albert does everything he can to get rid of this unfortunate request, but in vain. It reappears morning after morning on his desktop. And so he has no choice but to make his way out of the building, which he has not left in years, to locate the applicant. On his journey, Albert meets Anna Sugus, a pretty, wild artist who turns Albert's world upside down ...


Born in 1968, Andreas Izquierdo is an author and screenplay writer. He has published various works, including the novel Koenig von Albanien (2007), for which he received the Sir Walter Scott Prize for the best historical novel of the year, and Apocalypsia (2010), which was honored with the Lovelybooks Readers' Award in Silver for the best book of 2010 and was selected as the Book of the Year by His next book, the novel Fräulein Hedy träumt vom Fliegen, will be released by Suhrkamp / Insel in in January 2018.


For more information about Andreas and his work, please visit his website at:



With degrees in art history and historic preservation, Rachel Hildebrandt worked as a historical consultant and academic editor before transitioning to literary translation (German). She has published both fiction and nonfiction works in translation, including Staying Human by Katharina Stegelmann (Skyhorse), Herr Faustini Takes a Trip by Wolfgang Hermann (KBR Media), and Fade to Black by Zoe Beck (October 2017, Weyward Sisters Press). Her translations have appeared in journals such as Europe Now, Anomaly and Trafika Europe. Rachel is also the founder of Weyward Sisters Publishing, which focuses on bringing contemporary works of crime and noir fiction by women authors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to English readers. 


Rachel is also the recipient of two translation grants, one (Goethe Institut) for Merle Kroeger's HAVARIE (Unnamed, September 2017) and one (KBM, Austria) for Bernd Schuchter's LINK UND LERKE (KBR Media, 2016). 

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The Happiness Bureau

SKU: 978-0-9985073-3-0
  • "In contrast to Goethe’s plea for work to grow organically, The Happiness Bureau has the aerodynamic construction of a cruise missile, intent on its mission." -- Julian Anderson, Fiction Writer's Review


    "The Happiness Bureau is a sweet and touching novel, both romantic and inspiring. " Monica Carter, FOREWORD REVIEWS


    "... an entertaining and heartfelt story of self-discovery amid a sea of paperwork. " Craig Clark, IndiePicks