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.
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 cafesto look for a woman he once loved, half a lifetime ago.
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.
In On a Day Like This, Stamms 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 finitethat one must live it, as long as that is possible.Praise for Unformed Landscape:Sensitive and unnerving.
The New Republic OnlineIf 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 YorkerUnformed Landscape has a refreshing purity, a lack of delusion, a lack of hype.Los Angeles Times