The Archive of Feelings: A Novel (Paperback)

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An absorbing exercise in existential contemplation. The Archive of Feelings is a memory palace furnished with isolation and melancholy, its protagonist feeling fully human thanks to Stamm's hallmark clarity and precision.

— From Wes


Given a second chance with an old love, a coolly detached archivist questions the life he could have had, and whether it’s not too late to live it.

A poignant, ingeniously constructed new novel from “one of Europe’s most exciting writers” (New York Times Book Review).

Forty years ago—almost a lifetime—he confessed his love to a classmate and close friend, Franziska. Now, living in his late mother’s house with the obsolete archive of the newspaper he once worked for, he looks back on days spent poring over files and clippings, increasingly withdrawn from the world. His occasional relationships never amounted to anything, and the memory of Franziska—who became pop singer Fabienne—continues to haunt him as she appears in the media.

When the two cross paths again, the possibility of a different life feels achingly real. But should he risk the comfort of his ordered existence for a romance that might never match what he imagined?

A subtle, mesmerizing portrait of late-blooming passion, The Archive of Feelings showcases Peter Stamm at his best.

About the Author

Peter Stamm is the author of the novels The Sweet Indifference of the World, To the Back of Beyond, All Days Are Night, Seven Years, On a Day Like This, Unformed Landscape, and Agnes, and the short-story collections We’re Flying and In Strange Gardens and Other Stories. His award-winning books have been translated into more than forty languages. For his entire body of work and his accomplishments in fiction, he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013, and in 2014 he won the prestigious Friedrich Hölderlin Prize. He lives in Switzerland.

Michael Hofmann has translated the work of Gottfried Benn, Hans Fallada, Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and many others. In 2012 he was awarded the Thornton Wilder Prize for Translation by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His One Lark, One Horse: Poems was published in 2019, Where Have You Been? Selected Essays in 2014, and Selected Poems in 2009. He lives in Florida and London.

Praise For…

“A gorgeous novel, constructed with subtlety and nuance and the sort of prose that seems to simply disappear as you read, like footsteps on a beach…understated but profound.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Affecting…Stamm delivers a striking and earnest conclusion. Fans of the author will love this efficient and wistful work.” —Publishers Weekly

“Stamm writes with the seemingly effortless precision of an artist…[His] prose is remarkable, exerting a hypnotic draw that may catch readers unaware but will surprise them with its force.” —Shelf Awareness

“A case study on intimate feelings that develop over a lifetime.” —Booklist

Praise for Peter Stamm:

“Stamm’s prose (beautifully translated by Michael Hofmann) is plain but not so simple...A subtle but deadly style.” —Zadie Smith

“Peter Stamm is an extraordinary author who can make the ordinary absolutely electrifying...Hard to recommend too highly.” —Tim Parks

“A master writer...His as sharply illuminating as a surgical light.” —The Economist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781635422757
ISBN-10: 1635422752
Publisher: Other Press
Publication Date: December 5th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English