Perlmann's Silence

Perlmann's Silence

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Baker & Taylor
An English-language translation of a second novel by the best-selling Swiss author of Night Train to Lisbon finds prominent linguist and widower Philipp Perlmann contemplating drastic measures when he faces exposure after plagiarizing a colleague's work.

Perseus Publishing
A tremendous international success and a huge favorite with booksellers and critics, Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon has been one of the best-selling literary European novels in recent years. Now, in Perlmann’s Silence, the follow up to his triumphant North American debut, Pascal Mercier delivers a deft psychological portrait of a man striving to get his life back on track in the wake of his beloved wife’s death.

Philipp Perlmann, prominent linguist and speaker at a gathering of renowned international academics in a picturesque seaside town near Genoa, is struggling to maintain his grip on reality. Derailed by grief and no longer confident of his professional standing, writing his keynote address seems like an insurmountable task, and, as the deadline approaches, Perlmann realizes that he will have nothing to present. Terror-stricken, he decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague. But when Leskov’s imminent arrival is announced and threatens to expose Perlmann as a fraud, Perlmann’s mounting desperation leads him to contemplate drastic measures.

An exquisite, captivating portrait of a mind slowly unraveling, Perlmann’s Silence is a brilliant, textured meditation on the complex interplay between language and memory, and the depths of the human psyche.

A tremendous international success and a huge favorite with booksellers and critics, Pascal Mercier’sNight Train to Lisbon has been one of the best-selling literary European novels in recent years. Now, inPerlmann’s Silence, the follow up to his triumphant North American debut, Pascal Mercier delivers a deft psychological portrait of a man striving to get his life back on track in the wake of his beloved wife’s death.

Philipp Perlmann, prominent linguist and speaker at a gathering of renowned international academics in a picturesque seaside town near Genoa, is struggling to maintain his grip on reality. Derailed by grief and no longer confident of his professional standing, writing his keynote address seems like an insurmountable task, and, as the deadline approaches, Perlmann realizes that he will have nothing to present. Terror-stricken, he decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague. But when Leskov’s imminent arrival is announced and threatens to expose Perlmann as a fraud, Perlmann’s mounting desperation leads him to contemplate drastic measures.

An exquisite, captivating portrait of a mind slowly unraveling, Perlmann’s Silence is a brilliant, textured meditation on the complex interplay between language and memory, and the depths of the human psyche.


Baker
& Taylor

Prominent linguist and widower Philipp Perlmann contemplates drastic measures when he faces exposure after plagiarizing a colleague's work for his keynote address at an important academic gathering in Genoa.

Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780802119575
0802119573
Characteristics: 616 p. ; 24 cm

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Oct 20, 2016

I persevered and am thankful I did - it was an excellent (although ponderous) novel!

Diell Jan 28, 2014

enjoyed his other book much more, still, good writing.

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