“Here, paradise. There, at home, the law. The woman on the steps is around forty-five years old and J knows her, any time you pass by she’s sure to be standing there; the window panes are painted red so no one can see in, and in the doorway there’s a yellowed poster with a woman on it—you can see everything, everything you are supposed to see and want to see.”
From an excerpt of Andreas Maier’s The Room in this week’s Saturday European Fiction
The Room is Andreas Maier’s first novel of an 11 volume cycle chronicling modern Germany and the first of the writer’s works to be translated into English by Jamie Lee Searle. The book is being published on June 24, 2014 by Frisch & Co. and subsequent volumes The Street, The House will follow.
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Photo – Frankfurt, July 1961/Deutsches Bundesarchiv/wikimedia