House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
Production: 1LIVE, WDR3 and WDR 5, 2009
Adaption for Radio: Thomas Böhm
Actors: Roberto Ciulli, Tom Schilling, Wolfram Koch, Sascha Icks, Christian Redl a.o.
Directed by: Martin Zylka a.o.
Music: Andreas Bick a.o.
First broadcast: 10.12.2009
Radio play of the month December 2009
Deutscher Hörbuchpreis 2011 in the category "the special audiobook / best adaption"
A radio experiment: the German adaption of the postmodern novel "House of Leaves" by Mark Z. Danielewski is broadcasted in three different versions on three channels of German public radio WDR at the same time. The audience can switch between the narrative layers of the novel and follow the entwined corridors and pathways to secret rooms of the house in a way that reflects the complex structure of the book. Wikipedia summarizes the plot as follows: "House of Leaves begins with a first-person narrative by Johnny Truant, a Los Angeles tattoo parlor employee. Truant is searching for a new apartment when his friend Lude tells him about the apartment of the recently deceased Zampanò, a blind, elderly man who lived in Lude's building. In Zampanò's apartment, Truant discovers a manuscript written by Zampanò that turns out to be an academic study of a documentary film called The Navidson Record. The rest of the novel alternates between Zampanò's report on the fictional film, Johnny's autobiographical interjections, a small transcript of part of the film from Navidson's brother, Tom, a small transcript of interviews to many people regarding The Navidson Record by Navidson's partner, Karen, and occasional brief notes by unidentified editors, all woven together by a mass of footnotes. There is also another narrator, Johnny's mother, whose voice is presented through a self-contained set of letters titled The Whalestoe Letters. Each narrator's text is printed in a distinct font, making it easier for the reader to follow the occasionally challenging format of the novel."