Swiss Literature Series

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  • Sale! behindStation_110614

    Behind the Station
    ( pb )

    $13.95 $11.16

    The second book of Arno Camenisch’s Alp trilogy is told through the eyes of two young brothers growing up in a small, secluded village in a valley flanked by the alpine mountains. Written in the same style as The Alp, we start to believe there is little difference between the children and the adults in this village, save for their love of mischief and ghost stories.


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    Last Last Orders
    ( pb )

    $13.95 $11.16

    Last Last Orders is the third installment in Arno Camenisch’s award-winning trilogy. The book opens in the Helvetia bar, and the regulars are enjoying one last drink before the bar closes for good.


  • Sale! theAlp

    The Alp
    ( Paperback )

    $12.95 $10.00

    The first novel in Arno Camenisch's celebrated “alpine” trilogy unfolds over a single summer. The four main (unnamed) characters are a dairyman, his farmhand, a cowherd, and a swineherd, who all live and work in close proximity–but this is no Heidi. Theirs is an existence marked by dangerous work, solitude, cruelty, alcoholism, and sheer stubbornness; yet Camenisch's handling of these lives is full of affection, surreal humor, and a brilliant ear for the sounds of the setting.


  • Sale! Zündel's Exit by Markus Werner

    Zündel’s Exit
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $13.50 $10.80

    Scrounged from his notebooks and hearsay, this is the story of a schoolteacher named Konrad Zündel: a philosopher, a wanna-be writer; scattered, self-conscious, glum, anxious, unlucky, discontent . . . At the end of his rope, he decides to flee his workaday life at all costs, only to find escape always a little beyond his reach. Zündel’s Exit is a Chaplinesque comedy of disintegration, never knowing if it’s coming or going.


  • Sale! The Whole of LIfe

    The Whole of Life
    ( Paperback / softback )

    $15.00 $12.00

    With tongue resolutely in cheek, saxophonist, critic, poet, and one-time enfant terrible of Swiss literature Jürg Laederach here pursues the ambition of forcing all of human existence into a single novel. In Life, space is compressed to the suffocating dimensions of a single mind, while single moments are expanded cubistically into entire landscapes. Bodies are vivisected and reassembled, and language is invaded, exploded, and reassembled. The Whole of Life sees Laederach composing a novel by taking it apart as he goes.


  • Sale! 15647100512000L

    Walaschek’s Dream
    ( Hardback )

    $21.95 $17.56

    Giovanni Orelli's docufictional phantasmagoria revisits a lesser-known painting by Paul Klee titled Alphabet I, which features black letters and symbols scrawled over the sports page of a newspaper reporting the results of the 1938 Swiss National Cup . .