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All the Lights

All the Lights

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By (author) Clemens Meyer, Introduction by Stuart Evers, Translated by Katy Derbyshire

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  • Publisher: And Other Stories
  • Format: Paperback | 238 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 208mm x 24mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: High Wycombe
  • ISBN 10: 1908276010
  • ISBN 13: 9781908276018
  • Sales rank: 308,440

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A man bets all he has on a horserace to pay for an expensive operation for his dog. A young refugee wants to box her way straight off the boat to the top of the sport. Old friends talk all night after meeting up by chance. She imagines their future together...Stories about people who have lost out in life and in love, and about their hopes for one really big win, the chance to make something of their lives. In silent apartments, desolate warehouses, prisons and down by the river, Meyer strikes the tone of our harsh times, and finds the grace notes, the bright lights shining in the dark.

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Clemens Meyer is one of Germany's most exciting writers. Born in 1977 in what was then East Germany, he worked as a security guard, forklift driver and construction worker while completing his first novel. All the Lights is his acclaimed second book. It has sold over 40,000 copies in German and won the prestigious Leipzig Book Fair Prize in 2008.

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'Take the bare prose of Raymond Carver, apply the bleak outlook of Michel Houellebecq, place characters from an Irvine Welsh book on German streets, and you have something close to this collection of 15 short stories - His tales have an evanescent, impressionistic quality - Meyer thrills and rewards.' Alex Rayner, The Guardian -------- 'Stories of brilliance.' Chris Power, in '2011';s Best Short Stories' piece in The Guardian -------- 'A bold experiment that augurs well for this talented young writer.' The Herald (Scotland) -------- 'A little like Raymond Carver, fifteen stories, laconic yet full of longing, from the young star of German fiction.' GQ -------- 'He pulls few punches in the telling of his stories, but he does so with acuity, tenderness and complete originality.' Rob Burdock, Christmas Gifts Guide, The Booktrust -------- 'Meyer's minimalist style (rendered through Derbyshire's deft translation) enables him to cram words with significance, changing the mood in a clause and sketching a backstory in a sentence. He can evoke extremely powerful and often surprising responses in the reader.' A Year of Reading the World blog -------- 'What Meyer manages to achieve leaves you speechless. These stories glow in the world's darkness.' Die Welt --------'Clemens Meyer writes the best crafted, toughest and most heart-rending stories in Germany.' Spiegel --------'Meyer tells us about people who normally are not 'literary subject matter' [...] Respect to him. He's the real deal. We need storytellers like him.' Die Zeit -------- 'Powerfully cinematic' Neue Zurcher Zeitung -------- ' - never corny, always compassionate, and varying the bassline apparently at will - it is simply astounding. Does the book shine? Yes, and how!' Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung -------- 'Meyer raises the American short story to perfection in his unsentimental, tight scenes. Stylistically he can be compared to masters of the genre such as Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Raymond Carver.' Ulf Heise, Chemnitz Freie Presse -------- 'Clemens Meyer writes the best crafted, toughest and most heart-rending stories of anyone in Germany.'Spiegel -------- 'Clemens Meyer places people from the edge of society in the centre of his stories. An old widower prepares for his death in a dying east German village; a boxer who is used to losing won't profit from a win; and a jobless man whose wife left him years ago tries to save his life at the races. As in his highly praised first novel, the characters in Meyer's short stories have lost out in life - some through the fall of the Berlin Wall, some through petty criminality and drug addiction. [...] The Leipzig author Meyer gets stuck into his stories. He approaches his characters with a clear, curious and almost tender eye. He knows what he is writing about: the people, the milieux and their moods' Spiegel -------- 'In All the Lights Meyer practises his favourite form: the short story. His storytelling has the spare, masterly and atmospheric qualities of Hemingway in the Nick Adams Stories or Richard Ford in Rock Springs.' Gerrit Bartels, Der Tagesspiegel -------- 'In Meyer's quiet language this book offers a deep insight into people's hearts.' Playboy