All Days Are Night | Granta

  • Published: 06/11/2014
  • ISBN: 9781783780082
  • Granta Books
  • 368 pages

All Days Are Night

Peter Stamm

Translated by Michael Hofmann

Gillian seems to have it all – she is beautiful, successful, and securely married. But one night, after an argument with her husband, their car crashes on a wet road, and everything is lost. When she wakes in the hospital, she is a widow with a ruined face and no way back to the person she thought she was. It is only when she begins to piece together the painful shards of her present existence and revisit a relationship from her past that she is able to glimpse the freedom that might come with her loss.

From the master of unadorned storytelling, All Days Are Night is a quietly disquieting exploration of identity, inside and out.

A small gem about starting over when you have nothing left

Metro

Stamm has been a big discovery for me

Colm Tóibín

Magnificent... as fascinating as the studies of any anthropologist

Guardian

The Author

Peter Stamm was born in 1963, in Scherzingen, Switzerland. He is the author of the novels Agnes, On A Day Like This, Unformed Landscape and the collection In Strange Gardens and Other Stories, as well as numerous short stories and radio plays. He lives in Winterthur.

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The Translator

Michael Hofmann is a poet and German translator. His most recent collection of poems is One Lark, One Horse. He is a Granta contributing editor.

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