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On A Day like This - Peter Stamm

  • Feb 23, 2014 · 3:00 PM
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On 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 possible.

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  • Misbah

    Thanks for the replies. Aside from me personally avoiding buying from Amazon, it is being sold by independent sellers on Amazon for over £15/£18 which I feel is too much for a paperback. Amazon is selling it for just under £10 but with a 1-3 week dispatch, suggesting the bookshops are right that it isn't in print. Foyles, Waterstones etc. don't have it. I will have a look in a local library and see if I can find it there...

    January 1, 2014

    • Misbah

      Hi Hina, thanks - even on Amazon the book is potentially going to take 4 weeks to arrive. Think in print books are definitely the way to go :-) ...see you at the January meet up. Forgot to say, Happy New Year!

      January 2, 2014

    • Hina

      Happy New Year to you too :-)

      January 2, 2014

  • marcia

    Hi Misbah

    It looks as though it's available in paperback from a number of sellers on Amazon.

    Hope that helps.

    Marcia

    January 1, 2014

  • marcia

    Hi Misbah

    January 1, 2014

  • Hina

    Hi Misbah,

    I am away at the moment and will look into this at the earliest opportunity.

    I am not sure what has happened. When I looked at the book on Amazon before putting it up and I thought there was paperback available. I will look into it and see what has happened.

    Thank you for bringing this to my opportunity.

    Kind Regards
    Hina

    January 1, 2014

  • Misbah

    Been trying to get this book but seems it's not in bookshops, the last place I checked looked up both their wholesalers' stock and they don't have it either! They've told me it's out of print! Where have others got the book from?

    December 31, 2013

    • Misbah

      Hello, further to the above I went online and the book can only be ordered as an e-book or in some places a hardback (with a wait)...er.... Does everyone else just happen to have the book?!

      January 1, 2014

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