Floating

Floating

Hans Boesch

Familiar places are explored in a completely new language as "magical realist" Hans Boesch describes the encounter and extraordinary friendship of two strikingly different characters in a prose style as weightless and ingenious as the title of his book.

Swift and restless, Linda runs through the valleys around the Piz Bever, occasionally meeting an old acquaintance, Simon, who studies the day-to-day changes of wild flowers on carefully selected meadows. Linda feels a cautious affection for Simon because he lives up here, too, because, just like her, he roams the mountainsides in all kinds of weather. Recently, however, this strange young woman seems out of breath whenever they meet. One day, Linda and Simon seek shelter from a thunderstorm together and fall into a kind of wordless dialogue: she dreaming of her boyfriend who has gone to America, he haunted by memories – and by concern for Linda whose light-footedness seems almost frightening to a man forced to confront his own age.


"Switching from other contemporary literature to a Boesch book is like leaving an artificially lit and air-conditioned room for a windy spring night somewhere near the sea." (Die Weltwoche)

Floating

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