The Archive of Feelings: A Novel
Given a second chance with an old love, a coolly detached archivist questions the life he could have had, and whether it’s not too late to live it.
A poignant, ingeniously constructed new novel from “one of Europe’s most exciting writers” (New York Times Book Review).
Forty years ago—almost a lifetime—he confessed his love to a classmate and close friend, Franziska. Now, living in his late mother’s house with the obsolete archive of the newspaper he once worked for, he looks back on days spent poring over files and clippings, increasingly withdrawn from the world. His occasional relationships never amounted to anything, and the memory of Franziska—who became pop singer Fabienne—continues to haunt him as she appears in the media.
When the two cross paths again, the possibility of a different life feels achingly real. But should he risk the comfort of his ordered existence for a romance that might never match what he imagined?
A subtle, mesmerizing portrait of late-blooming passion, The Archive of Feelings showcases Peter Stamm at his best.
Praise for The Archive of Feelings: A Novel
“A gorgeous novel, constructed with subtlety and nuance and the sort of prose that seems to simply disappear as you read, like footsteps on a beach…understated but profound.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Affecting…Stamm delivers a striking and earnest conclusion. Fans of the author will love this efficient and wistful work.” —Publishers Weekly
“Stamm writes with the seemingly effortless precision of an artist…[His] prose is remarkable, exerting a hypnotic draw that may catch readers unaware but will surprise them with its force.” —Shelf Awareness
“A case study on intimate feelings that develop over a lifetime.” —Booklist
Praise for Peter Stamm:
“Stamm’s prose (beautifully translated by Michael Hofmann) is plain but not so simple...A subtle but deadly style.” —Zadie Smith
“Peter Stamm is an extraordinary author who can make the ordinary absolutely electrifying...Hard to recommend too highly.” —Tim Parks
“A master writer...His prose...is as sharply illuminating as a surgical light.” —The Economist