The Statesman and The Tramp

Michael Köhlmeier / translated by Ruth Martin

‘A masterful novel’ 
Die Welt

‘A beautiful, intelligent and poignant novel’ 
Shiny New Books

‘An affecting, dimensional work on the power gained by losing oneself in the mythology of others.’ 
Foreword Reviews

At first glance, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin couldn’t be more different. But they share a dark secret.

When a chance encounter leads to a series of therapeutic meetings, Churchill and Chaplin compare their methods for coping with the ‘black dog’ and attempt to pull each other out of darkness.

A masterfully subtle narrator, Köhlmeier imagines an unexpected friendship and the intimacy that arises from a common struggle.

MICHAEL KÖHLMEIER is an Austrian writer and musician. His works of fiction have met with considerable critical acclaim and his many awards include the Manès Sperber Prize for Literature and the Grimmelshausen Prize.

Also by this author, Yiza and Two Gentlemen on the Beach.

RUTH MARTIN is a freelance literary and academic translator, with a particular interest in history, philosophy and psychology.

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