All Days Are Night (Paperback)

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By Peter Stamm, Michael Hoffman (Translator)
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All Days Are Night may be the most accessible "deep" novel I've ever read. It grapples with concepts like gender performativity, the construction of identity, and creation through destruction, yet the weightless prose makes it easy reading. Stamm leaps between years and periods of the main characters' lives effortlessly, blending flashbacks into the present to link place and meaning in that special, voyeuristic way fans of his other work will instantly recognize. I recommend this novel both to anyone who has spent a significant amount of time questioning the reality of selfhood and anyone who has scrupulously avoided doing so.

— From Beth's Picks


Peter Stamm, short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize, breaks new ground in this haunting novel about survival, self-reliance, and art, available for the first time in paperback.

All Days Are Night is the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful woman. Married and working a dream job in television as a presenter and cultural correspondent after years of drama school, Gillian has her life entirely under control, until the night a car crash irrevocably shatters her world. Her husband is killed and her once-beautiful face is disfigured. Forced to confront an existence without the face she's known for, she must put her life back together and somehow turn her tragedy into a story of new beginnings.

In spare and unadorned prose, Stamm examines beauty, pain, love, and reawakening--life in its rawest form--with honesty and empathy.

About the Author

Peter Stamm is the author of the novels Agnes, All Days Are Night, Seven Years, On a Day Like This, and Unformed Landscape, and the short-story collections We're Flying and In Strange Gardens and Other Stories. His prize-winning books have been translated into more than thirty languages. For his entire body of work and his accomplishments in fiction, he was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Friedrich Hölderlin Prize. He lives in Switzerland. Michael Hofmann has translated the work of Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and many others. In 2012, he was awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His Selected Poems was published in 2009, and Where Have You Been? Selected Essays in 2014. He lives in Florida and London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590518908
ISBN-10: 159051890X
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 192
Language: English