The Swiss-German author Peter Stamm has been compared with Camus, Chekhov and Carver – but he is uniquely Peter Stamm, calmly observing everyday life, ordinary people suddenly confronted with life-changing experiences. His many novels and short story collections, most translated into English, from the first Agnes 30 years ago, to the latest To The Back of Beyond, are sophisticated literary page-turners, delivered with killer sentences and heart-breaking insight. This writer, who started off as an accountant then psychologist and journalist, was shortlisted for our Man Booker International Prize and won the prestigious German Friedrich Hölderlin Prize.
Peter Stamm is one of seven writers taking part in the first Literally Swiss event in London on 9 February 2018 at The Tabernacle in London, together with Alain de Botton, Xiaolu Guo, Pedro Lenz, Deborah Levy, Monique Schwitter and Nicolas Verdan.
LITERALLY SWISS is a series of literary events in the UK by Pro Helvetia, the Swiss Arts Council, curated and hosted by Rosie Goldsmith, supported by the Embassy of Switzerland UK and the European Literature Network.