‘The author’s feat is to describe a rare phenomenon in literature: a person who is satisfied with what he has.’
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
When his beloved wife takes a work assignment in Paris, Max is left alone for the first time in decades. In her absence, he finds companionship – and antagonism – in the eccentric band of regulars who drink at his neighbourhood bar, revelling equally in small pleasures and trivial squabbles. Alex Capus’ contemplative novel is a story of trust, longevity and love.
ALEX CAPUS is the author of A Matter of Time, Leon & Louise, Almost Like Spring, A Price to Pay, Skidoo, and Sailing by Starlight.
JOHN BROWNJOHN is an experienced and versatile literary translator with almost 200 books to his credit. His work has won him critical acclaim and numerous awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Schlegel-Tieck Prize (three times), the US PEN, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for Marcel Beyer’s The Karnau Tapes and Thomas Brussig’s Heroes Like Us.
With the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia