On the Edge

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New York Review of Books, Feb 12, 2013 - Fiction - 163 pages
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A psychological drama with a masterful, pulse-quickening plot revolving around two seemingly very different men, who have more in common than they know.
 
Thomas Clarin is a divorce lawyer whose profession has fostered a deep and abiding distrust of marriage, preferring instead to "play the field." Thomas Loos is a somber widower intensely mourning his wife's death. With Clarin's flirtatious, roving eye and Loos's complete disenchantment with the world around him, it would seem these men had nothing in common. But after a fateful meeting in a crowded Swiss restaurant, the two strike up a conversation that unearths unnerving coincidences.
 
With brilliant ease, Werner's meticulously rendered story begins quietly at first, then grabs its reader, refusing to let go. On the Edge, widely acclaimed by reviewers as a treasure of contemporary German literature, has been published in 15 different countries, and has sold over 400,000 copies in Germany alone since its publication in 2004.
 

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Markus Werner was born in Switzerland in 1944. He studied at the University of Zurich, then taught at a school in Schaffhausen until 1990 when he became a freelance writer. His prestigious literary awards include the Jürgen Ponto Stiftung prize (1984), the Prix littéraire Lipp (1995), and the SWF Bestenliste prize in 1997.  He has published seven novels, including the bestselling Zündel's Departure.
 
Robert E. Goodwin is a member of the faculty at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. He is the author of The Playworld of Sanskrit Drama and translator of Rüdiger Safranski's Romanticism: A German Affair, forthcoming from Northwestern University Press. He currently lives in upstate New York.

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