Leyla Sanai

Confused lives: It’s Getting Dark, by Peter Stamm, reviewed

The Swiss writer’s latest short story collection is characteristically enigmatic, with flashes of dark, surreal humour

Peter Stamm. [Getty Images]

The Swiss writer Peter Stamm’s inscrutable, alienated outsiders make bizarre choices to escape stifling mundanity. Their discontent suggests malaise, something Stamm accentuates in his spare prose. The result is a distilled essence of unease: the reader is uncomfortable, but can’t look away. This masterful combination of fundamental themes, explored without embellishment through confused lives, has won the author numerous prizes.

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