Winner of the International Booker Prize 2024

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Publisher's Synopsis

'An ambitious story of love and betrayal' - Irish Times

'The ending is like a bomb thrown into your room -- you'll be reeling for days and weeks to come.' - Neel Mukherjee

Berlin. 11 July 1986. They meet by chance on a bus. She is a young student, he is older and married. Theirs is an intense and sudden attraction, fuelled by a shared passion for music and art, and heightened by the secrecy they must maintain. But when she strays for a single night he cannot forgive her and a dangerous crack forms between them, opening up a space for cruelty, punishment and the exertion of power. And the world around them is changing too: as the GDR begins to crumble, so too do all the old certainties and the old loyalties, ushering in a new era whose great gains also involve profound loss.

From a prize-winning German writer, this is the intimate and devastating story of the path of two lovers through the ruins of a relationship, set against the backdrop of a seismic period in European history.

Book information

ISBN: 9781783786138
Publisher: Granta Publications
Imprint: Granta Books
Pub date:
Edition: Winner of the International Booker Prize 2024
DEWEY: 833.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 29
Number of pages: 293
Weight: 216g
Height: 197mm
Width: 129mm
Spine width: 24mm