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Peter Stamm’s prize-winning books have been translated into 20 languages. A Swiss-German writer born in 1963 and living in Winterthur, Switzerland, he has also written plays, both for the stage and radio. His writing is restrained, but populated with strong characters; a recent Guardian review of his latest novel, Seven Years, credited him with having created “one of the great characters of contemporary fiction.” The writer Zadie Smith said it was “a novel to make you doubt your own dogma. What more can a novel do than that?” “We’re…

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