Twelve Nights Urs Faes

Harvill Secker, 2020
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  • , Fiction
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The front cover of 'Twelve Nights' by Urs Faes. A wintry countryside scene; snowflakes fall in the foreground and pines stand amidst banks of thick snow. In the distance are two tree-covered hills, opening up to a blank sky that's occasionally punctuated by looming clouds.

[A] deeply atmospheric read: eerie with almost Gothic overtones, and yet warm with hope. Jamie Lee Searle’s translation from the German is poetic and evocative of the natural winter wonderland which serves as a backdrop to this fable-like tale.

Ends of the World

Forty years after a bitter feud, Manfred returns to the snowy Black Forest valley of his childhood, hoping to be reconciled with his brother. An atmospheric novella by this Swiss author and poet.

— Saga Magazine, December 2020

Selected by Daunts, Foyles, Saga Magazine and other booksellers as a winter favourite for 2020

Twelve Nights is a hymn to the winter landscape and the power of storytelling, a beautiful novella of the natural world and our place in it.

Extract

He placed one foot firmly in front of the other, as though each step had to leave an imprint in the snow. It was falling on this late afternoon too, whirling flakes in the grey that shrouded the town’s porches and gables. He felt strangely unmoved as he passed them by, making his way along the road from the train station and towards the hill, unsettled that the streets were no longer the ones he had walked as a child. Only on the edge of town did he stop and look around, searching for traces of something familiar after his many years of absence.

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[A] deeply atmospheric read: eerie with almost Gothic overtones, and yet warm with hope. Jamie Lee Searle’s translation from the German is poetic and evocative of the natural winter wonderland which serves as a backdrop to this fable-like tale.

Ends of the World

Forty years after a bitter feud, Manfred returns to the snowy Black Forest valley of his childhood, hoping to be reconciled with his brother. An atmospheric novella by this Swiss author and poet.

— Saga Magazine, December 2020