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Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm

Peter Stamm has published eight novels, five collections of stories, three children's books and several radio and stage plays. His books have been translated into 39 languages. He has won numerous awards. In 2013, he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize. Before taking up a career as a writer, he was working as a journalist for the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, the Tages-Anzeiger, Die Weltwoche and the satirical magazine Nebelspalter.

Session

The Sweet Indifference of the World

Peter Stamm in conversation with Anjum Hasan

Celebrated Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s recent novel, The Sweet Indifference of the World, translated by Michael Hofmann, is a melancholic meditation on memory, reality and relationships. A tale exploring intriguing questions of singularity and agency, it follows the love story of two couples and their mirrored relationship separated by time. With his delicate yet complex prose, Stamm blurs the lines between past and present, fiction and actuality, in his attempt to force answers of questions yet to be asked. In conversation with novelist, poet and editor Anjum Hasan, Stamm explores the fundamentals of human yearning and the complexities of the real versus the imagined.