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The Apartment
     

The Apartment

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by Greg Baxter
 

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One snowy holiday morning in an old European city, an American man leaves his shabby hotel to meet a local woman who has agreed to help him search for an apartment to rent. This clear-eyed novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day. Told in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope, intensity, poetry, and drama, The

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One snowy holiday morning in an old European city, an American man leaves his shabby hotel to meet a local woman who has agreed to help him search for an apartment to rent. This clear-eyed novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day. Told in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope, intensity, poetry, and drama, The Apartment follows the couple across a blurry, illogical, and frozen city into a past the man is hoping to forget and leaves them at the doorstep of an uncertain future. It is above all a novel about the bravery and mystery of friendship and love.

Editorial Reviews

Observer
"Admirable for its scope, ambition and unashamed seriousness of purpose, as well as its willingness to take stylistic and structural risks."
The Times
"Baxter's superbly elegant, understated writing explores the dynamics of America's relationship with the rest of the world."
Hisham Matar
"Exceptional--a book rich in ideas and poetry."
Roddy Doyle
"Clever, entertaining, brave, it stretches the rules while following a man through one day of his life. I loved it."
Saturday Review
"Stunningly good."
Sunday Telegraph
"Imagine you're on a roller-coaster ... suddenly, without warning, it tips vertiginously, so quickly that your chest constricts and while you're there, suspended, momentarily, at the apex of this roller-coaster, you're aware suddenly of a kind of clarity, a totally new perspective on everything below. Greg Baxter's THE APARTMENT is a bit like this ... Full of unshowy wisdom and surprising moments of beauty."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781478926757
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
12/03/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
5
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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Meet the Author

Greg Baxter was born and raised in Texas. Over the last twenty years, he has lived variously in Ireland, England, Austria, Chicago, Louisiana, and Germany. In 2010 he published his first book, the critically acclaimed A Preparation for Death. He now lives in Berlin, where he writes and translates.

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The Apartment 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Out_of_Valley More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange book. The nameless narrator is looking for an apartment in an unnamed city in a foreign country, apparently somewhere in Eastern Europe. It is composed of his observations, digressions and philosophical reflections and has little in the way of a plot. Rather than having a normal ending, it stops. This was not my cup of tea, but if you like something unconventional, you may find it enjoyable.
ScottBell More than 1 year ago
Wonderful novel. Quietly powerful and uniquely told. Looking forward to more from Baxter.
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