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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Jonas Lüscher was born in Switzerland in 1976, and now lives in Munich. His bestselling debut novel, Barbarian Spring, was long-listed for the German Book Prize and nominated for the Swiss Book Prize. It has been translated into twenty languages and was adapted for the stage. Kraft was ranked first in the February 2017 "SWR Bestenliste," a list of the best fiction chosen by twenty-six prominent German critics, and went on to win the Swiss Book Prize in 2017.

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.


"An arch, fascinating satire of world-weary European skepticism and irrational American hopefulness . . . [written with] gloomy humor and dense but never arid ruminations. This is a wonderfully strange novel, and one not to be missed." --Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"A sly and witty satire on philosophical bad faith the age of neoliberalism." -Shaun Whiteside, New Books in German

Jonas Lüscher's Kraft is a pitch-perfect comedy of manners about the search for meaning in Silicon Valley, a brilliant, bemused expedition to a land we have come to know all too well." -Adrian Daub, author of What Tech Calls Thinking

"A German professor meets Silicon Valley. This tragicomic encounter discharges a bunch of neoliberal myths, startup fantasies, techno-optimistic visions, and religions of the market. Jonas Lüscher's Kraft is a thrilling campus novel, a sparkling comedy on human flaws, and a brilliant essay about the burlesque spectacle of ideas in recent capitalism." -Joseph W. Vogl, professor of Modern German Literature, Cultural and Media Studies at Humboldt University Berlin and Princeton University

"The author of the much-praised Barbarian Spring . . . presents a clever, science-skeptical, contemporary novel, unparalleled in the new vanguard of Germany literature." -Gerrit Bartels, Deutschlandradio Kultur

"The book of the hour, the book for our time." -Deutschlandfunk

"A highly intelligent, deeply enjoyable read that offers hilarious twists and turns." -Holger Ehling, Buchkultur