A powerful and elegant debut novel about love, memory, exile, and war.
One snowy December 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. 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-their cityscape punctuated by the man's lingering memories of time spent in Iraq and the life he abandoned in the United States. Contained within the details of this day is a complex meditation on America's relationship with the rest of the world, an unflinching glimpse at the permanence of guilt and despair, and an exploration into our desire to cure violence with violence.
A novel about how our relationships to others-and most importantly to ourselves-alters how we see the world, THE APARTMENT perfectly captures the peculiarity and excitement of being a stranger in a strange city. Written in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope, intensity, poetry, and drama, Greg Baxter's clear-eyed first novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day. Both beguiling and raw in its observations and language, THE APARTMENT is a crisp novel with enormous range that offers profound and unexpected wisdom.
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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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.
More than 1 year ago
Wonderful novel. Quietly powerful and uniquely told. Looking forward to more from Baxter.
More than 1 year ago
Well written but rambbles and sort of with out meaning, like stories in new yorker, just amle on and end tada. Loved the vharacter and abackstory but often wonderef why I was reading this.
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