The Statesman and the Tramp

Michael Köhlmeier

The Statesman and the Tramp

Michael Köhlmeier

Distributed for Haus Publishing

Translated by Ruth Martin
280 pages | 5 x 8 | © 2016
Paper $15.95 ISBN: 9781912208319 Published June 2019 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe
Though both men have become twentieth-century icons, at first glance, Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin couldn’t be more different. One, the grand statesman whose resolve led a nation in the struggle against Nazi Germany, the other, the comedian who famously parodied Hitler in The Great Dictator. But they shared a dark secret: both suffered from depression.

This novel imagines the bonds that arose from Churchill and Chaplin’s common struggle. When a chance encounter leads to a series of therapeutic meetings in Germany, England, and America, each becomes the other’s confidant through talk of their “black dog days.” A masterfully subtle narrator, Michael Köhlmeier imagines an unexpected friendship between this extraordinary pair spanning art and politics, humor and seriousness. At heart, The Statesman and the Tramp reveals the intimacy that can arise when two extraordinarily different men share their common struggle.
Review Quotes
Library Journal
“A humanizing account of two iconic individuals.”
Shiny New Books
"A beautiful, intelligent and poignant novel that keeps a subtle distance from its characters in order to understand them better."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, on the German edition
"The two friends had something in common few knew about. Michael Köhlmeier reveals it."
Die Welt, on the German edition
“A masterful novel.”
David Marx Book Reviews
"What a wonderful book."
Foreword
“An affecting, dimensional work on the power gained by losing oneself in the mythology of others.” 
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