We're Flying by Peter Stamm

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Following the publication of the widely acclaimed novel Seven Years comes a trove of stories from the Swiss master Peter Stamm. They all possess the traits that have built Stamm’s reputation: the directness of the prose, the deceptive surface simplicity of the narratives, and deep psychological insight into the existential dilemmas of contemporary life. Stamm does not waste a word, nor does he spare the reader’s feelings. These stories are a superb introduction to his work and a gift for all those who have come to regard his fiction as a precise rendering of the contemporary human psyche.
 

About Peter Stamm

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Peter Stamm was born in 1963, in Weinfelden, Switzerland. He is the author of the novel Agnes, and numerous short stories and radio plays. His novels Unformed Landscape and On A Day Like This, and the collection In Strange Gardens and Other Stories are available from Other Press. He lives outside of Zurich. Michael Hofmann has translated the works of many writers, including Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and Peter Stephan Jungk. He is also the author of several books of poetry and a book of essays, Behind the Lines, and is the editor of the anthology Twentieth-Century German Poetry. He lives in Gainesville, Florida and London
 
Published August 14, 2012 by Other Press. 383 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the process, he consults a doctor, one who was “not even an atheist, he believed in nothing, not even that there was no God.” The following story, “Go Out into the Fields...,” concerns a landscape artist—identified in the second person as “you”—who learned to paint when “you learned to see,” w...

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“The Natural Way of Things” opens with the highly effective tease: “I’m not saying that they tricked us, said Alice, but they didn’t tell us the truth.” Stamm finds variety in setting and with characters of differing ages and social classes, and by writing in first, second, and third ...

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Fiction Writers Review

He goes to the grove of trees, strips himself bare, and stands “the way God had made him: as naked as a sign.” It’s an epiphany in the old sense of the word, not a model of the short story but an unveiling, the stripping away of pretenses.

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Full Stop

We’re Flying, an excellent new collection of short stories by the Swiss writer Peter Stamm, is the author’s eighth book to appear in English.

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The Coffin Factory

“In the Forest,” tells the story of a girl who lives in the forest and finds herself continually drawn back to it, because “in the forest there is no future and no past, everything there is either instantaneous or takes place over periods that cannot be measured in mere years.” This collection o...

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