Markus Werner On the Edge: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9781908323224

On the Edge: A Novel

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9781908323224: On the Edge: A Novel

This psychological thriller with a masterly, pulse-quickening plot revolves around two seemingly very different men, who ultimately have much more in common than they realize.

Thomas Clarin is a divorce lawyer whose profession has fostered a profound and abiding distrust of marriage. Rejecting the deeper things in life, he embraces the superficial and takes pleasure in one lighthearted affair after another. The older Thomas Loos, on the other hand, is a classics scholar and recent widower who cherishes the notion of true love while he openly resents the modern world around him. With Clarin’s flirtatious, roving eye and Loos’s bitter grief over the death of his wife, Bettina, it would seem that these men are from two different worlds. But after a chance meeting in the idyllic Swiss village of Montagnola, the two strike up a conversation that reveals unnerving—and ultimately heartbreaking—coincidences.

Widely acclaimed as a gem of contemporary German literature, On the Edge is a powerful look at love and loss that begins innocently, then grabs the reader and refuses to let go.

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About the Author:

Markus Werner is a writer based in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. He is the author of seven novels. Robert E. Goodwin is a lecturer in English at Skidmore College.


“Markus Werner . . . belongs to the best German-language authors of his generation.” (Marcel Reich-Ranicki, Der Spiegel, on the German edition)

On the Edge captivates the reader from the very first line.”
(Pia Reinacher, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on the German edition)

“[On the Edge] appears harmless—and then moves your world.”
(Susanne Schader, Die Presse, on the German edition)

“The miraculous ease with which this novel combines weighty philosophical issues with a gripping story is a rarity in contemporary German literature.”
(Marion Lühe, Rheinischer Merkur, on the German edition)

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