‘Werner ranks among the best German-language authors of his generation.’
‘Captivates the reader from the very first line’
Frankfurter Allegemeine Zeitung
‘Once you’ve finished this book and understand what its really about, you immediately start reading again from the beginning’
On the terrace of Hotel Bellevue, Clarin, a young lawyer meets Loos, an older man whose charm is tempered by an unnerving eccentricity.
Loos is an idealist for whom the world has become hateful and burdensome since the death of his wife. Clarin is a cynic and a hedonist.
But these two men, with their profoundly differing views of the world, have more in common than either of them realise.
MARKUS WERNER was born in Switzerland in 1944. He studied at the University of Zurich, then taught at a school in Schaffhausen until 1990 when he became a freelance writer. His prestigious literary awards include Jürgen Ponto Stifung Prize (1984), the Prix Littéraire Lippv(1995), and the SWF Bestenliste Prize in 1997. He has published seven novels, including the bestselling Zündel’s Departure.
ROBERT E. GOODWIN is a member of facaulty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. He is the author of The Playworld of Sanskrit Drama and translator of Rüdiger Safranski’s Romanticism: A German Affair, forthcoming from Northwester University Press.