One Another

Monique Schwitter (Author) Tess Lewis (Translator)


When a writer googles the name of her first love and discovers he committed suicide years ago, she is deeply shaken. Memories of Petrus begin to flood into her mind, followed by the memories of other loves, one after another. What exactly is love? How does it come and go? She begins to search her personal history for answers. Twelve men. Twelve chapters in a novel. Melancholy Petrus, handsome actor Jakob, Simon with his pet rat, gay Nathanael, a student, her brother. Her husband's story is supposed to be the last. But as story after story unfolds, the past and present entangle until her orderly search is interrupted by present-day complications of love and by a startling event overlooked at home that begins to seize the plotline of both her art and life.

Product Details

Persea Books
Publish Date
February 12, 2019
5.3 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Monique Schwitter was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and now lives in Hamburg, Germany. She is the author of two volumes of short stories If It Snows, Let's Meet at the Crocodile (2006), for which she was awarded the Robert Walser Prize, and Goldfish Memory (2011), as well as a novel Ohren haben keine Lider and the play Himmels-W (both in 2008).
Tess Lewis is a writer and translator from the French and German. Her translations include works by Peter Handke, Walter Benjamin, Klaus Merz, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Christine Angot, Pascal Bruckner, and Jean-Luc Benoziglio.


One Another is a beautiful, charming, funny and philosophical book about the mad gamble of love. Schwitter is a miraculously gifted writer, and it's pure pleasure to ricochet around her roomy, vibrant universe. There are no cold cases here--in these twelve chapters, old flames burn bright again, rekindled by the narrator's powerful imagination. She fuses these shards of broken relationships into a mirror, revealing her own face to us in the process--a true delight.--Karen Russell, author of "Swamplandia!" and "Vampires in the Lemon Grove"