Stamm himself says, ‘It has always been my goal to make literature out of ordinary people’s lives. I don’t like the extremes; I don’t think that they teach us much about ourselves.’
Tim Parks on Peter Stamm:
‘Peter Stamm is one of the authors I have enjoyed most over recent years. His quiet, laconic voice and his characters torn between a thirst for life and a fear of involvement are convincing, disturbing, always entertaining.’
Peter Stamm on Tim Parks:
‘Nationality never mattered to me when it came to literature. When I started writing, I was highly influenced by English and American authors. Later came writers from France, Italy and Russia. I think there are writer families, authors who are interested in the same questions and have the same goals in their work. I first "met" Tim Parks, when he was writing about my books and immediately had the feeling, he knew what they were all about. Only afterwards I started to read his work and had the feeling that we were - with all differences - on a similar quest.’
Peter Stamm was born in 1963, in Weinfelden, Switzerland. He is the author of the novels Agnes, Unformed Landscape, On A Day Like This and Seven Years. He has published four collections of short stories and has written numerous plays, radio plays and three books for children. His books have been translated into 36 languages. He lives with his family in Winterthur, near Zürich.
Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks studied at Cambridge and Harvard before moving permanently to Italy in 1981. Author of three bestselling books on Italy, and fifteen novels, including the Booker short-listed Europa, and most recently The Server, he has translated works by Moravia, Calvino, Calasso and Machiavelli. While running a post-graduate degree course in translation at IULM University, Milan, he writes regularly for the London Review of Books and the NYRB. His non-fiction works include Translating Style, a literary approach to translation problems, Medici Money, an account of the relation between banking, the Church and art in the 15th century, and Teach Us to Sit Still, which was described by David Lodge as: “A searingly honest, viscerally vivid, darkly comic self-examination of the connections between writing, personality and health.” (MDGentleReader)