Pascal Mercier: Perlmann’s Silence. btb Verlag (Paperback, Literary Fiction)

Perlmann’s Silence


Original Title: Perlmanns Schweigen

Paperback, 640 pages, 11.8 x 18.7 cm, 4.6 x 7.4 in., 1 b/w illustration
ISBN: 978-3-442-72135-1
€ 13.99 [D] | € 14.40 [A] | CHF 20.50 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: btb

Date of publication: August 1, 1997
This title is available.


Rights sold to: Denmark (Tiderne Skifter), France (Maren Sell), The Netherlands (De Wereldbibliotheek), Romania (Vivaldi), UK (Atlantic), USA (Grove)

Pascal  Mercier - Perlmann’s Silence


"...superbly composed, with a crystalline stylistic elegance." Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The Ligurian coast in autumn. The renowned linguist Philipp Perlmann is expecting a group of eminent colleagues for a conference at a hotel. Very aware of their lofty expectations, he is dismayed to discover he has completely lost confidence in his own scholarship. His colleagues now represent a danger to him.

Ensconced in a distant room in the hotel, he immerses himself in the translation of a Russian text on the theme of self-reassurance and narrative appropriation. With each day that passes, Perlmann finds himself in a more hopeless and inescapable situation, one that ultimately entangles him in a web of lies and drives him to the brink of murder.

„The book is absorbing.“

The New Yorker


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