Mr Adamson

Urs Widmer

Mr Adamson

Urs Widmer

Distributed for Seagull Books

Translated by Donal McLaughlin
176 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2015
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9780857422323 Published August 2015 World sales rights except India
The day is Friday, May 22, 2032. On this day, the day after his ninety-fourth birthday, a man is sitting in a beautiful garden. It is a paradise where he often played during his childhood, and it is here that he is recording the story of his adventures with Mr. Adamson. In the course of this compelling novel from Swiss author Urs Widmer, this man narrates his unusual story to his granddaughter, Anni. While he recounts his life, he is also waiting—waiting for the arrival of this very Mr. Adamson, whom he has not seen since the age of eight. Even then it was a mysterious encounter—a glimpse into realms that normally remain concealed to the living. For Mr. Adamson died at the very moment when our narrator was born, and he will soon return to escort the ninety-four-year-old narrator into another paradise.
Told with Urs Widmer’s signature humor, genius, and lively imagination, Mr Adamson is a superb story and a spellbinding book. With its vitality and zest for life, it manages to hold at bay that scandal we must all face in our lives: death.
 
Praise for Widmer
“One of the best representatives of Swiss literature.”—Le Monde
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Mr Adamson
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“As the narrator recounts his dealings with the friendly Adamson—how they came to meet, the adventures they shared, how he discovered that the old man was no longer actually alive—the reader becomes lost in their own garden of mental delights, warmly embraced by the allure of Widmer’s whimsical language and the strange, yet oddly compelling story that slowly begins to bloom before them. And what a story it is. . . . Mr Adamson delivers what you’ve been craving for the past thirteen years: something a little bit frightening, a little bit weird, and a whole lot magical. It takes you on an intimate journey across multiple countries as it asks thoughtful, engaging questions about the yin and yang nature of existence at every stop along the way.”
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