Apartment by Greg Baxter

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Depending on how you look at it, Baxter's prose is either intriguingly spare and monotonous or else maddeningly so.
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'She was always in many places at once, invested deeply in a hundred different notions, and of all the things I liked about Saskia that was the thing I liked most'. One snowy morning in an old European capital, a man wakes in a hotel room. A young local woman he has befriended calls to the hotel, and the two of them head out into the snow to find the man an apartment to rent. Greg Baxter's astonishing first novel tells the story of these two people on this day - and the old stories that brought them to where they are. Its magically subtle and intense narrative takes them across the frozen city and into the past that the man is hoping to escape, and leaves them at the doorstep of an uncertain future. "The Apartment" is a book about war, the relationship between America and the rest of the world, and the brittle foundations of Western culture; but above all it is a book about the mysteries and alchemies of friendship - truthful, moving and brilliant.
 

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Greg Baxter was born in Texas in 1974. He lived for a number of years in Dublin, and now lives in Berlin. His memoir, A Preparation for Death, was published in 2010 and acclaimed by Anne Enright, Roy Foster, Hugo Hamilton and David Shields, amongst others.
 
Published April 5, 2012 by Penguin. 244 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, War, Education & Reference, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by James Lasdun on Apr 04 2012

I don't want to overstate the flaws of The Apartment. It's an interesting, honourable novel, with many excellent passages. But one misses the raw candour of the earlier book, and the vulnerability of its narrator.

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Reviewed by Julie Myerson on Apr 21 2012

Depending on how you look at it, Baxter's prose is either intriguingly spare and monotonous or else maddeningly so.

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Reviewed by James Lasdun on Apr 04 2012

It's an interesting, honourable novel, with many excellent passages. But one misses the raw candour of the earlier book, and the vulnerability of its narrator.

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Reviewed by Heller McAlpin on Dec 05 2013

With its disorienting juxtaposition of the absolutely ordinary and the strange and vaguely threatening, the novel evokes the work of Franz Kafka and Haruki Murakami, while its oblique explorations of memory suggest a debt to W.G. Sebald.

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