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Stamm, Peter

Wir fliegen (We are Flying)

S. Fischer, May 2008, 175 pp.
ISBN: 978-3-10-075128-7

The twelve unlinked short stories offered in this collection focus on unexpected turning-points in the lives of their main characters, on moments of fleeting happiness when something changes in someone’s life, or when something happens almost imperceptibly.
The settings are varied. In ‘The Expectation’, for instance, a woman becomes involved with a male neighbour from the flat above, having previously only ‘heard’ him. In ‘Three Sisters’ (the name of a group of mountains) a girl who hopes to study art in Vienna suddenly leaves the night train at Innsbruck, meets a man and becomes pregnant. In ‘The Injury’ a student remains unusually faithful to a holiday romance and returns, having graduated, to her village to teach. ‘God’s Children’, at a somewhat different tangent to the others, focuses on the reactions of a priest and the villagers to a supposedly immaculate conception in their midst.
The writing throughout is clear, straightforward, and finely crafted and Peter Stamm proves himself again to be a master of the genre. A selection of his output would be a welcome addition to bookshelves here.

‘Character sketches like these are a rarity in contemporary German literature.’Neue Zürcher Zeitung

‘He is a master of economy with never a word out of place.’Frankfurter Rundschau


Peter Stamm was born in 1963 and now lives in Winterthur, Switzerland. His prize-winning books have been translated into twenty languages.


Application for assistance with translation costs – Switzerland
Rights to this work sold to:
Christian Bourgois (French rights); Quaderns Crema (Spanish rights); Other Press (English world rights).

Translation rights available from:
Agentur Liepman AG
Tel: +41 43 –268 23 80
Contact: Marianne Fritsch
For UK English rights please contact: Carol Lazare,

For further information on Peter Stamm, the Liepman Agency and S. Fischer Verlag please contact the editor.