Peter Stamm receives the Swiss Book Prize 2018

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The jury justified its decision: „Peter Stamm leads us into a virtuously constructed labyrinth in which we lose ourselves happily“.

In her laudatory speech, Christine Richard emphasized that Stamm had written a book about the power of memory, the narration of repetition. „Other books have a plot. Here, the plot is the narative; nothing else.“

In his novel „Die senfte Gleichgültigkeit der Welt“ („The Gentle Indifference of the World“), the Swiss author Peter Stamm unfolds on just 156 pages a puzzle that touches on one of the central questions of human life. Ultimately, the author’s novel pleads for acceptance and serenity towards life.