A retired university professor in Berlin befriends a group of African asylum seekers and attempts to help them in various ways, so begins this sensitive and powerful novel. It cleverly portrays the culture gap as neither party knows anything about each other's history despite Richard's academic credentials, and their interactions show how the help he offers is informed by his own view of what is essential. Their common ground is hard won but the echoes of the East German perspective ripple through the book, without offering redemption the novel's main power is the subtle way it humanises all the characters. A must read.
This stunning novel switches between crumbling houses in Vineland in 1871 and 2016. The dual narratives explore shifting paradigms and the struggles of those who confront them. This a parable for our times that explores our very notion of shelter in a world that increasingly struggles to provide it.
Published by Faber on 18th October 2018
A young woman attempts narcotic hibernation in this disturbing yet tender novel. Privileged, but empty inside, she struggles with the loss of her parents and damaged relationships. A dark comedy that is both merciless and compassionate - Ottessa Moshfegh at her best.