Zbinden's Progress

Christoph Simon (Author) Donal McLaughlin (Translator)
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Description

"Zbinden invites comparison with Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych."--Alexander Starritt, The Times Literary Supplement

Lukas Zbinden leans on the arm of his carer in an old people's home. Step by step, the devoted walker recounts his life with his late wife and his son. She loved nature walks; he loved city streets. What was the secret of their lifelong love? And why is it so hard for him to talk to his son? A life-affirming novel about love.

Christoph Simon was born in 1972 in Switzerland. After travels through the Middle East, Poland, South America, London, and New York, he settled in Bern, Switzerland.

Product Details

Price
$15.95  $14.67
Publisher
And Other Stories
Publish Date
January 14, 2014
Pages
182
Dimensions
5.4 X 0.8 X 8.1 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
German
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9781908276100
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About the Author

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).

Reviews


'Zbinden invites comparison with Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych.' Alexander Starritt, " TLS"

'A jewel of a novel ... This book is a little Odyssey, a little Ulysses; the story of one day's journey, skilfully playing in tandem with another, life-long journey.' Barbara Trapido,

'With its slow pace and winning ways, Zbinden's Progress casually sidles up and takes its place alongside a number of remarkable recent works [on] the art of taking a walk.' Ian Sansom, " The Guardian"

'A tender, restrained celebration of life's simple pleasures, beautifully translated by Donal McLaughlin.' Lucy Popescu, " The Independent"

'Christoph Simon has produced a wonderful, heart-rending, beautiful book; witty, multi-layered and moving.' " Buchkultur"

'Simon's novel is a polished gem, with insight and perception that know no cultural bounds.' " Neue Zurcher Zeitung"

'Zbinden's Progress is a delight: a warm, wise, and compassionate book, as attuned to the complexities and mysteries of life as it is to the simple, pleasing colours of its beloved walking-frames.' Benjamin Morris, " The Berlin Review Of Books"

'It's a story that is not action-packed but is nonetheless full of human emotion and poignancy.' " Lizzy's Literary Life"

'...an idiosyncratic exploration of what it means to be an elderly member of society with an intense desire to participate in it.' Dan Eltringham, " The Literateur"

"Zbinden invites comparison with Leo Tolstoy's Ivan Ilych.' Alexander Starritt, TLS

"A jewel of a novel ... This book is a little Odyssey, a little Ulysses; the story of one day's journey, skilfully playing in tandem with another, life-long journey." Barbara Trapido

"With its slow pace and winning ways, Zbinden's Progress casually sidles up and takes its place alongside a number of remarkable recent works [on] the art of taking a walk." Ian Sansom, The Guardian

"A tender, restrained celebration of life's simple pleasures, beautifully translated by Donal McLaughlin." Lucy Popescu, The Independent

"Christoph Simon has produced a wonderful, heart-rending, beautiful book; witty, multi-layered and moving." Buchkultur

"Simon's novel is a polished gem, with insight and perception that know no cultural bounds." Neue Zurcher Zeitung

"Zbinden's Progress is a delight: a warm, wise, and compassionate book, as attuned to the complexities and mysteries of life as it is to the simple, pleasing colours of its beloved walking-frames." Benjamin Morris, The Berlin Review Of Books

"It's a story that is not action-packed but is nonetheless full of human emotion and poignancy." Lizzy's Literary Life

..".an idiosyncratic exploration of what it means to be an elderly member of society with an intense desire to participate in it." Dan Eltringham, The Literateur