Zbinden's Progress by Christoph Simon

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Zbinden and Kazim’s relationship is new but also profound, underscoring one of Simon’s major themes: living in the moment. Zbinden praises several times the benefits–physical, spiritual, emotional–of a good walk. He’s a fine companion to travel with.
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Lukas Zbinden leans on the arm of K?zim, as they walk slowly down the stairway towards the door of his old people's home. Step by step, the irrepressible Lukas recounts the life he shared with his wife Emilie and his son. She loved to walk in the countryside; he loved towns and meeting strangers. Different in so many ways, what was the secret of their life-long love? And why is it now so hard for him to talk to his son?
Gradually we get to know a man with a twinkle in his eye and learn the captivating story of this man, his late wife, their son and the many people he has met along the way. Zbinden's Progress is heart-rending, heart-warming and hilarious. --- Winner of the Bern Literature Prize 2010
 

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Christoph Simon: Christoph Simon (b 1972 Emmental, Switzerland) After travels through the Middle East, Poland, South America, London and New York, he has settled in Berne. He is married with two children.Barbara Trapido: Barbara Trapido, born 1941 as Barbara Schuddeboom, is a British novelist. Born in Cape Town and growing up in Durban she studied at the University of Natal gaining a BA in 1963 before emigrating to London.Donal McLaughlin: Born in Derry in 1961, but resident in Scotland since 1970, Donal McLaughlin is a freelance writer and translator (from German, mainly).
 
Published August 1, 2012 by And Other Stories. 172 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

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on Sep 09 2013

Zbinden and Kazim’s relationship is new but also profound, underscoring one of Simon’s major themes: living in the moment. Zbinden praises several times the benefits–physical, spiritual, emotional–of a good walk. He’s a fine companion to travel with.

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Reviewed by Ian Sansom on Aug 17 2012

...with its slow pace and winning ways, Zbinden's Progress casually sidles up and takes its place alongside a number of remarkable recent works that take as their form, their subject or their theme the art of taking a walk...

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