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Alex has spent the majority of his adult life between two very different women—and he can’t make up his mind. Sonia, his wife and business partner, is everything a man would want. Intelligent, gorgeous, charming, and ambitious, she worked tirelessly alongside him to open their architecture firm and to build a life of luxury. But when the seven-year itch sets in, their exhaustion at working long hours coupled with their failed attempts at starting a family get the best of them. Alex soon finds himself kindling an affair with his college lover, Ivona. The young Polish woman who worked in a Catholic mission is the polar opposite of Sonia: dull, passive, taciturn, and plain. Despite having little in common with Ivona, Alex is inexplicably drawn to her while despising himself for it. Torn between his highbrow marriage and his lowbrow affair, Alex is stuck within a spiraling threesome. But when Ivona becomes pregnant, life takes an unexpected turn, and Alex is puzzled more than ever by the mysteries of his heart.

   Peter Stamm, one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed writers, is at his best exploring the complexities of human relationships. Seven Years is a distinct, sobering, and bold novel about the impositions of happiness in the quest for love.

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"Swiss author Stamm (Agnes) examines the complications of love and attraction in this captivating novel. Alex and his gorgeous and brilliant wife, Sonia, run an architecture firm and have a lovely daughter. It is the life he always thought he deserved, but during the fateful seventh year of marriage Alex scratches a familiar itch with Ivona, an old flame who is so tremendously plain and boring that Alex considers himself too good for her, and yet, for reasons inexplicable, his attraction to her runs hotter than it ever has for Sonia. His revulsion toward Ivona's fundamental underwhelmingness gets a lengthy — at times, tediously so — examination, as does the magnetism that pulls him to her and his own fiery self-hatred. Ego, passion, and deception run wild, but the novel's strength is found in the characters Stamm has created: powerfully imperfect, sometimes despicable, horribly conflicted, and always believable far beyond the archetypes that too often pop up in novels of marital ennui. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Peter Stamm was born in 1963, in Weinfelden, Switzerland. He is the author of the novel Agnes, and numerous short stories and radio plays. His novels Unformed Landscape and On A Day Like This, and the collection In Strange Gardens and Other Stories are available from Other Press. He lives outside of Zurich.

 

Michael Hofmann has translated the works of many writers, including Franz Kafka, Joseph Roth, and Peter Stephan Jungk. He is also the author of several books of poetry and a book of essays, Behind the Lines, and is the editor of the anthology Twentieth-Century German Poetry. He lives in Gainesville, Florida and London

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Joseph Landes, December 4, 2011 (view all comments by Joseph Landes)
Peter Stamm has written an interesting, complex, and thought-provoking book about a man named Alex who creates a complicated love-triangle that includes both his wife Sonia and a Polish woman named Ivona--but also involves several other important characters who play on the fringe and impact Alex's life in a way that is almost impossible to resurrect once destroyed. The basic plot involves Alex and his wife Sonia who are both architects of some note--although to be honest bit players in the end--who likely should not have married due to the lack of any true love on either's part. Each felt more deeply about something or someone else---Alex towards Ivona who is as regular as it comes but is a constant attraction throughout the years and Sonia towrds not anyone else necessarily but towards her work and what she views as a "proper" life to live. What is so interesting about this book is that it touches on a feeling we likely have all had at one point in time--there is no logical reason one always does something. In this case, Alex's desire for Ivona is not based on reason--it simply is there. But his desire for Ivona is what in the end plays a big role in the downfall of his marriage and the structure of his family's life. A good book that is an easy read. It was recently named a NY Times 100 Notable Book of 2011.

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ISBN:
9781590513941
Author:
Stamm, Peter
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Other Press (NY)
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Hoffman, Michael
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Hoffman, Michael
Author:
Hofmann, Michael
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Literary
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20110331
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272
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Swiss author Stamm (Agnes) examines the complications of love and attraction in this captivating novel. Alex and his gorgeous and brilliant wife, Sonia, run an architecture firm and have a lovely daughter. It is the life he always thought he deserved, but during the fateful seventh year of marriage Alex scratches a familiar itch with Ivona, an old flame who is so tremendously plain and boring that Alex considers himself too good for her, and yet, for reasons inexplicable, his attraction to her runs hotter than it ever has for Sonia. His revulsion toward Ivona's fundamental underwhelmingness gets a lengthy — at times, tediously so — examination, as does the magnetism that pulls him to her and his own fiery self-hatred. Ego, passion, and deception run wild, but the novel's strength is found in the characters Stamm has created: powerfully imperfect, sometimes despicable, horribly conflicted, and always believable far beyond the archetypes that too often pop up in novels of marital ennui. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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