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Isle of the Dead

 
 
Author
Gerhard Meier. Burton Pike, trans.
Publisher Dalkey Archive  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.75 x 0.6 inches
ISBN 9781564786852
Pages/Publication Date 103/2011
Daedalus Item Code 33992
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Two elderly friends Baur and Bindschädler share a habitual walk to the edge of a town, Baur speaking incessantly—veering between past and present, with inconsequential observations and profound insights—while Bindschädler, equally unmoored, listens and reflects, in this novel by Swiss author Gerhard Meier (1917–2008). As they stroll, the former soldiers discuss art, sex, mortality, and history, and by journey's end, it is nearly impossible to distinguish one man from the other. In his preface, translator Burton Pike comments, "What distinguishes [The Isle of the Dead] from other modern novels … is that it does not convey an alienation from life but a sense of wonder, expressed with wit and humor, and, beneath the wonder, regret."
 
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