In a quiet seaside town near Genoa, experts gather for a linguistics conference. One speaker, Philipp Perlmann, is recently widowed and, struggling to contend with his grief, is unable to write his keynote address. As the hour approaches, an increasingly desperate Perlmann decides to plagiarize the work of Leskov, a Russian colleague who cannot attend, and pass it off as his own. But when he learns that Leskov has arrived unexpectedly in Genoa, Perlmann must protect himself from exposure by constructing a maelstrom of lies and deceit that will push him to the brink of murder. In this intense psychological drama, the bestselling author of Night Train to Lisbon again takes the reader on a journey into the depths of human emotion and the language of memory and loss.
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It was incredible. A deep Cerebral joy ride.
Yes, and did do to all my reading, book loving friends. If I could rate only 1 book five stars I would be torn between this book and Watership Down.
The psychological transformation of a brilliant mind as it slowly dissolves with seer and utter panic. He allowed fear to ruin him and spiral him from genius to primal nut. In other words he drove himself insane.
My favorite part was When he was driving the car and trying to remember his murder plans, while is victim was so loving and friendly. His victim only had Perlmanns interest in mind as Perlmann was trying to remember how and why to kill him.
Narration was awesome. Played all parts well.
Well I did love Perlmann But i'm not sure I want to be friends with him.
This novel is very complex and muti-layered. The detail with which his thoughts are tormenting him and consuming him was sheer genius.