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From one of Europe's most acclaimed writers, Seven Years is a distinct, sobering, and unsettling novel about the impositions of happiness in the quest for love
Originally published in German as Weit euber das Land in 2016 by S. Fisher Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main.
From the acclaimed author of Seven Years, a coolly arresting collection of stories that charts with extraordinary precision the impulses that determine the course of ordinary lives
From the Man Booker International-nominated author of Seven Years and We're Flying, a powerful new novel about a perfect life that is violently shattered by tragedy, forcing a woman to return to her past in order to find a possible future
Peter Stamm's best-selling debut novel,Agnes, now available for the first time in paperback.';Write a story about me,' Agnes said to her lover, ';so I know what you think of me.'So he started to write the story of everything that had happened to them from the moment they met.At first, he works with Agnes to create a narrative that is most true to life, but as time passes and he grows more enamored with the narrative he has begun, he continues writing on his own, imagining a future for them after he reaches the present. Happy couples do not necessarily make for compelling reading, and as Agnes sees the unexpected plot he has planned for her, the line between fiction and reality begins to blur.In this unforgettable and haunting novel Stamm incisively examines the power of storytelling to influence thought and behavior, reaching a chilling conclusion.
Christoph, a middle-aged writer, has a story to share with Lena, a young actress. A long time ago, he was in a relationship with a woman called Magdalena, who was also an actress. Lena is currently in a relationship with a man called Chris, who is also a writer. As the two talk, it becomes clear that the two relationships contain echoes, similarities, and coincidences too remarkable to be called coincidences. Are Chris and Lena doomed to repeat Christoph and Magdalena's broken relationship, or are Christoph and Magdalena a warning from the future? Who really exists? Is there such a thing as fate?And so begins a uniquely existential game of past and present that will leave no one unharmed.
Thomas y Astrid viven junto a sus dos hijos en un pueblo acogedor de Suiza. Una noche, mientras toman una copa de vino en el jardin, uno de los ninos reclama su atencion, por lo que Astrid entra en la casa para atenderlo, convencida de que su marido la seguira en unos momentos. No obstante, Thomas se levanta y, tras vacilar un instante, abre la verja y se marcha. Sin las ataduras del dia a dia-la familia, las amistades, el trabajo-, Thomas emprende una ruta a pie por la montana, expuesto por primera vez al implacable invierno alpino. En casa, Astrid se pregunta primero donde habra ido, despues cuando volvera y, finalmente, si aun esta vivo. Una vez ms, Peter Stamm pone de manifiesto su extraordinaria capacidad de convertir lo ordinario en sobrecogedor al retratar la fragilidad del mundo contemporneo, que parece convertir la vida de sus personajes en una sucesin de dolorosas rupturas y la posibilidad de conocerse a ellos mismos y a los dems, en una quimera. "e;La ms inquietante de sus tramas, la que aborda del modo ms sereno y sobrio lo turbador de las relaciones humanas"e;. Jos Anbal Campos"e;Una de las voces ms slidas y aclamadas de la actual narrativa en lengua alemana"e;. Matas Nspolo, El Mundo"e;La obra de Peter Stamm es una de las ms exquisitas y refinadas que se escriben actualmente en Europa. Monte a travs logra penetrar en la intimidad ms profunda de los vnculos entre los seres humanos. Ese lugar frgil y desamparado y al que a veces nicamente puede accederse utilizando inefables palabras"e;. D. Gndara, La Razn"e;Stamm crea una tensin diferente, ms profunda y, para muchos de sus lectores, seguramente el doble de apasionante que la de mucho thrillers convencionales. Produce alrededor de la historia esa aprehensin pura de las novelas que, una vez abiertas, son difciles de abandonar. As sucede con Monte a travs"e;. Luis M. Alonso, La Nueva Espaa"e;Esta novela esconde profundos sentimientos y emociones, analiza las relaciones humanas ms ntimas, y lo hace con gran tensin al retratar la fragilidad del ser"e;. Eric Gras, El Peridico Mediterrneo
Alex y Sonja son una joven pareja de arquitectos que ha creado su propio estudio tras su paso por la universidad, donde se conocieron e iniciaron su relacion. Son la pareja ideal: guapos y con exito. Pero en la intimidad, su matrimonio parece incapaz de soportar las diferencias que existen entre ambos: Sonja necesita alcanzar aquellos ideales que perseguia como estudiante, mientras que Alex anhela una vida sin vinculos ni responsabilidades que solo halla en brazos de Ivona, inmigrante ilegal polaca dispuesta a hacer por amor uno de los mayores sacrificios que cabe imaginar. Nadie es en realidad mala persona; pero a veces se pierde la luz apunta un personaje de la novela, poblada por seres que avanzan a tientas en medio de una niebla de alienacion, desencanto y amoralidad. Con un medido distanciamiento y una prosa certera, Peter Stamm aborda temas como la vida familiar, el peso o la ausencia de sentimientos en el momento de tomar decisiones, la delgada linea que separa la civilizacion de la barbarie. Unos personajes que se debaten entre el deseo y el rechazo, la cordialidad y el extranamiento, la ansiedad y la liberacion. Siete aos es capaz de hacernos dudar de nuestros propios dogmas. Qu ms se le puede pedir a un libro? Zadie SmithStamm ha sabido dar un nuevo aspecto a uno de los temas literarios ms universales, adems de hacerlo persuasivo y de lectura inaplazable Tim Parks, The New York Review of BooksPeter Stamm posee un gran talento, pero lo que le convierte en un escritor al que hay que leer, es la manera en que nos presenta la vida contempornea Sarah Fay, The New York Times
Erstmals eine umfassende Betrachtung des mehrfach preisgekronten Schweizer Autors. Renommierte Literaturwissenschaftler/innen beschftigen sich mit Peter Stamms Romanen (Agnes"e;, Ungefhre Landschaft"e;, An einem Tag wie diesem"e;, Nacht ist der Tag"e;), zudem mit seinen krzeren Erzhlungen, Hrspielen sowie den Kinderbchern. Peter Stamm erffnet den Band mit zwei seiner Bamberger Poetikvorlesungen. In reizvollen Facetten wird so ein Gesamtbild sichtbar; es skizziert das bisherige Gesamtwerk Peter Stamms und zugleich reprsentative Zge der deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur. Mit Beitrgen u. a. von Peter Stamm, Ulf Abraham, Andrea Bartl, Claudia Gremler, Christof Hamann, Gudrun Heidemann, Isabel Hernndez, Alexander Honold, Jn Jambor, Susanne Kaul, Friedhelm Marx, Hartmut Vollmer und Kathrin Wimmer.
After returning from a pleasant holiday with his wife, Astrid, and their two children, Thomas walks out the front door. Thomas walks up the street. Thomas keeps walking.Astrid gradually realizes that her husband has not just gotten up early to go to work. She waits for as long as she can and then puts as much energy as she can into trying to find him - coming to understand, along the way, that there is little she can do if Thomas is striving to stay lost.In precise and hypnotic prose that cuts as cleanly as a scalpel, To the Back of Beyond is a novel that takes away the safe foundations of a marriage and a lifestyle to ask deeper questions about identity, connection and how free we are to change our lives. It is a graceful and resonant work from one of Europe's most important writers.
Gillian seems to have it all - she is beautiful, successful, and securely married. But one night, after an argument with her husband, their car crashes on a wet road, and everything is lost. When she wakes in the hospital, she is a widow with a ruined face and no way back to the person she thought she was. It is only when she begins to piece together the painful shards of her present existence and revisit a relationship from her past that she is able to glimpse the freedom that might come with her loss. From the master of unadorned storytelling, All Days Are Night is a quietly disquieting exploration of identity, inside and out.
The stories here possess all the qualities that have built Peter Stamm's reputation as one of the very finest European writers alive today - the undemonstrative prose, the deceptive simplicity of the storylines, and the calm, clear understanding of psychology and emotions. In 'Expectations', we meet a woman who becomes involved with her younger upstairs neighbour; in 'The Result', a man waiting for the outcome of medical tests; and in 'Sweet Dreams', a young couple learning to navigate the thrills and complications of cohabitation. A master of the short story, Stamm does not spare the reader's feelings -- and nor does he waste a word.
Alex is caught between two very different women. Sonia, his wife, is intelligent, beautiful, charming and ambitious and together they have established a successful architectural firm and a life of easy luxury. But in the background is Ivona, who is dull, plain and passive. The only thing she offers Alex is her love, unconditionally, which inspires in him a queasy mixture of repulsion and passion. Alex knows he must make a choice, but when Ivona becomes pregnant, life takes an unexpected turn which leaves him more puzzled than ever by the mysteries of desire.
A novel about survival, self-reliance, and art, by Peter Stamm, finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International PrizeAll Days Are Nightis the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together, and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible futureor so it seems. In Stamm's unadorned and haunting style, this new novel forcefully tells the story of a woman who loses her life but must stay alive all the same. How she works everything out in the end is at once surprising and incredibly rewarding.
Following the publication of the widely acclaimed novel Seven Years comes a trove of stories from the Swiss master Peter Stamm. They all possess the traits that have built Stamm's reputation: the directness of the prose, the deceptive surface simplicity of the narratives, and deep psychological insight into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life. Stamm does not waste a word, nor does he spare the reader's feelings. These stories are a superb introduction to his work and a gift for all those who have come to regard his fiction as a precise rendering of the contemporary human psyche.
With the precision of a surgeon, Peter Stamm cuts to the heart of the fragile and revealing moments of everyday life.They are bankers, students, mothers, or retirees. They live in New York City or somewhere in Switzerland, they work in London or Riga, they cross paths in a Fado bar in Lisbon. They breathe the banal routine of daily life. It is to these ordinary people that Peter Stamm grants center stage in his latest collection of short stories. Henry, a cowherd turned stuntman, crisscrosses the country, dreaming of meeting a woman. Inger, the Dane, refuses her skimpy life and takes off for Italy. Regina, so lonely in her big house since her children left and her husband passed away, discovers the world anew thanks to the Australian friend of her granddaughter, who helps Regina envision her next voyage.In these stories, Stamm's clean style expresses despair without flash, through softness and small gestures, with disarming retorts full of derision and infinite tenderness. There, where life hesitates, ready to tip overwith nothing yet played outis where these people and their stories exist. For us, they all become exceptional. Praise for Unformed Landscape: "e;Sensitive and unnerving. . . . An uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home."e; The New Republic Online
A new novel of artful understatement about mortality, estrangement, and the absurdity of life from the acclaimed author of Unformed Landscape and In Strange GardensOn a day like any other, Andreas changes his life. When a routine doctor's visit leads to an unexpected prognosis, a great yearning takes hold of himbut who can tell if it is homesickness or wanderlust? Andreas leaves everything behind, sells his Paris apartment; cuts off all social ties; quits his teaching job; and waves goodbye to his days spent idly sitting in cafesto look for a woman he once loved, half a lifetime ago. The monotony of days has been keeping him in check; now he hopes for a miracle and for a new beginning. Andreas' travels lead him back to the province of his youth, back to his hometown in Switzerland where he returns to familiar streets, where his brother still lives in their childhood home, and where Fabienne, a woman he was obsessed with in his youth, visits the same lake they once swam in together. Andreas, still consumed with longing for his lost love and blinded by the uncertainty of his future, is tormented by the question of what might have been if things had happened differently. Peter Stamm has been praised as a ';stylistic ascetic' and his prose as ';distinguished by lapidary expression, telegraphic terseness, and finely tuned sensitivity' (Bookforum). In On a Day Like This, Stamm's unobtrusive observational style allows us to journey with our antihero through his crises of banality, of living in his empty world, and the realization that life is finitethat one must live it, as long as that is possible.Praise for Unformed Landscape:';Sensitive and unnerving. . . . An uncommonly intimate work, one that will remind the reader of his or her own lived experience with a greater intensity than many of the books that are published right here at home.' The New Republic Online';If Albert Camus had lived in an age when people in remote Norwegian fishing villages had e-mail, he might have written a novel like this.'The New Yorker';Unformed Landscape has a refreshing purity, a lack of delusion, a lack of hype.'Los Angeles Times
Unformed Landscape begins in a small village on a fjord in the Finnmark, on the northeastern coast of Norway, where the borders between Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia lie covered in snow and darkness, where the real borders are between day and night, summer and winter, and between people. Here, a sensitive young woman like Kathrine finds few outlets for her desires. Half Norwegian, half Sami (an indigenous people), Kathrine works for the customs office inspecting the fishing boats arriving regularly in the harbor. She is in her late 20s, has a son from an early marriage, and has drifted into a second loveless marriage to a man whose cold and dominating conventionality forms a bold stroke through the unformed landscape of her life. After she makes a discovery about her husband that deeply wounds her, Kathrine cuts loose from her moorings and her confusion and sets off in search of herself. Her journey begins aboard a ship headed south, taking her below the Arctic Circle for the first time in her life. Kathrine makes her way to France and has the bittersweet experience of a love affair that flares and dies quickly, her starved senses rewarded by the shimmering beauty of Paris. Through a series of poignant encounters, Kathrine is led to the richer life she was meant to have and is brave enough to claim. Using simple words strung together in a melodic alphabet, Peter Stamm introduces us, through a series of intimate sketches, to the heart of an unforgettable woman. Her story speaks eloquently about solitude, the fragility of love, lost illusions, and self-discovery.
Alex has spent the majority of his adult life between two very different womenand he can't make up his mind. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man would want. Intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious, she worked tirelessly alongside him to open their architecture firm and to build a life of luxury. But when the seven-year itch sets in, their exhaustion at working long hours coupled with their failed attempts at starting a family get the best of them. Alex soon finds himself kindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman who worked in a Catholic mission is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alex is inexplicably drawn to her while despising himself for it. Torn between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alex is stuck within a spiraling threesome. But when Ivona becomes pregnant, life takes an unexpected turn, and Alex is puzzled more than ever by the mysteries of his heart.Peter Stamm, one of Switzerland's most acclaimed writers, is at his best exploring the complexities of human relationships. Seven Years is a distinct, sobering, and bold novel about the impositions of happiness in the quest for love.
I et snedækket og forblæst Chicago sidder en mand alene i en lejlighed på syvogtyvende etage og lægger sidste hånd på en historie. Den handler om den unge kvinde Agnes og hans møde med hende året før.Historien begynder godt. En lykkelig fortælling om to ensomme mennesker, der møder hinanden tilfældigt, forelsker sig og indleder et kærlighedsforhold. Fremtiden tegner lys, men en dag begynder de to en lille leg. Agnes beder ham skrive deres fælles historie, og han går i gang med at fortælle om deres første tid sammen. Snart indhenter fortællingen imidlertid nutiden, og historien begynder at tage magten over deres liv.“Romanen går til marv og ben som kulden en vinterdag i Chicago” – Politiken“Dette fine lille kammerspil om fiktion og virkelighed, kærlighed og ensomhed” – Bibliotekernes lektørudtalelse