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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 Him But 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 Cafes To 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 Finite That One Must Live It, As Long As That Is PossiblePraise 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 This is my favourite Stamm A wry, laconic, deeply phobic and very funny account of a man s dealing with work and women. . . The challenge with this novel is to care The story suggests the main character, Andreas, is about forty He spent eighteen years in Paris teaching and now he wonders why His life has been empty, without purpose or affect He is handsome so he has had ample sex but no emotional ties No ties of any sort Adrift And he doesn t much care So why should we Peter Stamm s writing is spare Understated No lush descriptions No violent outbursts Everything flows very smoothly But watching that sleek surface flow past calm, controlled we become like Andreas indifferent In fiction, as in life, emotion is two thirds of it and if not two thirds, then half And if not half, then you begin to wonder whether you have lived, whether there is a story here after all.The narrative is third person We hear what people think not much And what they feel even less Andreas has a crisis in a mild way And he takes drastic action in a calm way Everything is in keeping with what we have already seen It is all beyond arm s length It is across the street You can t touch the characters They move in sight but out of reach And barely within hearing They are no one you know Or are likely to care about.Ibsen said that when he first started a play the characters were like people he had seen in a railway station After further work on the play the characters were like people he had known for a few weeks And after yet work when the play was done the characters were like intimate friends.Peter Stamm should have worked on this novel until the characters became like intimate friends Then he should have shown them to us in that light And, if the answer is that he did and they are if this is who Andreas and the others are in the full flat, indifferent, shallow then why on earth should we care A novel about a Swiss native, Andreas, in his 40 s who teaches and lives in Paris In the first chapter his girlfriend comments on his emptiness Her observation is supported as we learn about his life he lives in a sparse apartment, has few friends, is detached from his job, has lost contact with his brother and brother s family who are his only living relatives.Reading this I was reminded of the protagonist in the Stranger which is reinforced when Andreas gives a book by Camus as a birthday present in the only party he actually attends in the book.Andreas picks up a novel about a love between a student and an au pair which is strikingly similar with his experience as a student when he fell in love with an au pair This prompts a series of flashbacks while at the same time he learns he may have cancer This leads him to wonder if his failure to act on his one love caused his life of emptiness while at the same time confronting the possibility of his life being cut short by cancer At this time he begins a relationship with a student teacher who may be the most sympathetic character in the book who of course is the same age as he was when he made his life altering choice not to commit to the au pair.A very interesting, thought provoking read I was initially disappointed in its ambigious ending but I eventually appreciated the ending, the ambuigity reflects Andreas s life and the role of the reader in deciding how to interpret his life and this book . 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Peter Stamm grew up in Weinfelden in the canton of Thurgau the son of an accountant After completing primary and secondary school he spent three years as an apprentice accountant and then 5 as an accountant He then chose to go back to school at the University of Zurich taking courses in a variety of fields including English studies, Business informatics, Psychology, and Psychopathology During t
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- 11 September 2017 Peter Stamm