“In All Days Are Night, Stamm watches his characters create art, act in plays, die, love, and mortify each other and themselves all in the quest for something no one is quite sure of. It is a story of uncertain passion, withheld devotion, and the grief that comes simply from living. Reading this book is like reading something that exists entirely in the margins -- confessional but voyeuristic, heartbreaking but apathetic. Stamm negotiates the modern love story with a careful grace and leaves readers wanting more of we don't know what.”
— Emily Heap, City Lit, Chicago, IL
A novel about survival, self-reliance, and art, by Peter Stamm, finalist for the 2013 Man Booker International Prize
All Days Are Nightis the story of Gillian, a successful and beautiful TV host, content with her marriage to Matthias, even if she feels restless at times. One night following an argument, the couple has a terrible car accident: Matthias, who is drunk, hits a deer on the wet road and dies in the crash. Gillian wakes up in the hospital completely disfigured. Only slowly, after many twists and turns, does she put her life back together, and reconnects with a love interest of the past who becomes a possible future or so it seems. In Stamm's unadorned and haunting style, this new novel forcefully tells the story of a woman who loses her life but must stay alive all the same. How she works everything out in the end is at once surprising and incredibly rewarding.
"ALL DAYS ARE NIGHT is a gracious variation on a bitter theme, and one in which the author's clarity of style comes to seem part of the cure: like a balsam, it soothes the characters' sufferings, and helps them back into their lives." --SPIEGEL ONLINE
Praise for SEVEN YEARS:
"SEVEN YEARS is a novel to make you doubt your own dogma. What more can a novel do than that?" --Zadie Smith, HARPER'S MAGAZINE
"Stamm's cleverness is to align a spareness that works in translation with his characters' instinctive fear of all things rich and intense. Lean as it is, his prose is wonderfully 'literary' in its fine integration of voice and story. The constant disorientation of his characters, their sense that their lives are interchangeable with any number of other lives, seem peculiarly suited to this era of globalization." --Tim Parks, THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS