We're Flying | Granta

  • Published: 11/10/2012
  • ISBN: 9781847087676
  • Granta Books
  • 384 pages

We’re Flying

Peter Stamm

Translated by Michael Hofmann

The stories here possess all the qualities that have built Peter Stamm’s reputation as one of the very finest European writers alive today – the undemonstrative prose, the deceptive simplicity of the storylines, and the calm, clear understanding of psychology and emotions. In ‘Expectations’, we meet a woman who becomes involved with her younger upstairs neighbour; in ‘The Result’, a man waiting for the outcome of medical tests; and in ‘Sweet Dreams’, a young couple learning to navigate the thrills and complications of cohabitation. A master of the short story, Stamm does not spare the reader’s feelings — and nor does he waste a word.

Peter Stamm is an extraordinary author who can make the ordinary absolutely electrifying. These stories are as subtle as they appear to be beguilingly simple, keeping readers on the edge of their seats... Hard to recommend too highly

Tim Parks, Books of the Year, The Times

The problem with this bleak but brilliant story collection is that it's too hard to put down... Stamm's ability to explore dark secrets and lead them towards the light of reason may be cool, even clinical, but it is never completely heartless and is always unforgettable

Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

We're Flying is a winning collection. Stamm's prose is deceptively simple. His voice is original, assured and utterly beguiling

Daily Mail

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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Peter Stamm on Granta.com

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Peter Stamm on the Swiss referendum to join the EU. Translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.

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Peter Stamm on the oldest barber in Switzerland, and Michael Hofmann on translating Peter Stamm.

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Peter Stamm on To the Back of Beyond

Peter Stamm & Luke Neima

Peter Stamm on the drive of freedom in literature, German Romanticism and narrational technique.