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The God Behind the Window

English · Paperback / Softback

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Now in paperback, a comic and moving collection of stories of grumpy old men who start to find unexpected connections with the world. The thirteen stories of Michael Krÿger‿s The God behind the Window capture the poignancy and cynicism of late life through tales of misanthropic old men full of the mixture of wisdom and melancholy that so often accompanies old age. In Krÿger‿s stories, world-weary characters seek‿and only temporarily find‿solace in nature and culture, rendering their search for a better life simultaneously comedic and heart wrenching. From a solitary hiker in the Swiss Alps to the book‿s eponymous shut-in, these aging malcontents are continually surprised by the unexpected interventions of a world that has come to seem predictable. Krÿger captures this stage in life masterfully, contrasting the deeply personal emotions of affection, melancholy, and longing with an indifferent world. The resulting stories are lyrical, philosophical, and tender despite their cynicism.

About the author

Michael Krüger was the director of the Hanser Verlag from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. He has published many volumes of prose and poetry. Karen Leeder is a writer and translator. She teaches German at New College, Oxford. Peter Thompson is associate research fellow at the University of London.

Product details

Authors Michael Kruger, Michael Krüger
Assisted by Karen Leeder (Translation)
Publisher Seagull Books London Ltd
Languages English
Product format Paperback / Softback
Released 22.08.2022
EAN 9780857429988
ISBN 978-0-85742-998-8
No. of pages 240
Dimensions 208 mm x 268 mm x 19 mm
Weight 288 g
Series The German List
Subjects Fiction > Narrative literature
Non-fiction book > Dictionaries, reference works > Foreign-language dictionaries

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