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Der Stotterer

The Stutterer

Published by Diogenes as Der Stotterer
Original Title: Der Stotterer

The latest novel by the acclaimed author of the international bestselling novel Melnitz is a book about the power of language, both philosophical and playful.

Being a stutterer, Johannes Hosea Stärckle trusts entirely in the power of the written word and uses it ruthlessly, in self-defence and for his career. A fraud case – he calls it a writerly carelessness – puts him in prison. Using letters, avowals and invented stories, he tries to win over the people who have a say over his life behind bars: the prison chaplain, the drugs boss, his publisher.


General Fiction
416 pages
2019

978-3-257-07067-5

World rights are handled by Diogenes

Film rights are handled by Diogenes

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»Rare linguistic splendour and striking narrative virtuosity.«

 

Andreas Isenschmid / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»This is a masterful novel by a writer who has already created a reputation for himself in English with the sweeping family saga Melnitz

 

New Books in German, London

»An exhilarating read: intelligent, sophisticated – what else do you want?«

Denis Scheck / ARD

»The novel is flowing, thrilling, suspenseful and – not least of all – funny.«

 

Denis Scheck / WDR 2 Buchtipp, Cologne

» … a consistent and well-rounded intimate play and play on words.«

 

Daniel Lüthi / Literarischer Monat, Zurich

»[Lewinsky is] a master of attracting and retaining readers.«

 

Martin Ebel / Sonntagszeitung, Zurich

»Charles Lewinsky is one of Switzerland’s most important contemporary authors […] The Stutterer, like the works of Friedrich Durrenmatt, could become a classic.«

Gerhard Beckmann / BuchMarkt, Meerbusch

»With The Stutterer, Lewinsky presents a novel which overflows with imagination, wordplay, literary rebukes and social themes (child abuse, sects, drug trade, etc.).«
 

Wiener Zeitung

»Rare linguistic splendour and striking narrative virtuosity.«

 

Andreas Isenschmid / NZZ am Sonntag, Zurich

»This is a masterful novel by a writer who has already created a reputation for himself in English with the sweeping family saga Melnitz

 

New Books in German, London

»An exhilarating read: intelligent, sophisticated – what else do you want?«

Denis Scheck / ARD

»The novel is flowing, thrilling, suspenseful and – not least of all – funny.«

 

Denis Scheck / WDR 2 Buchtipp, Cologne

» … a consistent and well-rounded intimate play and play on words.«

 

Daniel Lüthi / Literarischer Monat, Zurich

»[Lewinsky is] a master of attracting and retaining readers.«

 

Martin Ebel / Sonntagszeitung, Zurich

»Charles Lewinsky is one of Switzerland’s most important contemporary authors […] The Stutterer, like the works of Friedrich Durrenmatt, could become a classic.«

Gerhard Beckmann / BuchMarkt, Meerbusch

»With The Stutterer, Lewinsky presents a novel which overflows with imagination, wordplay, literary rebukes and social themes (child abuse, sects, drug trade, etc.).«
 

Wiener Zeitung
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