Bookclub Switzerland

EU Bookclub: "cold shoulder"

Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00 pm
Residence of the Swiss Confederation
1079 Groveland Road

West Vancouver V7S 1Z3

Admission is free, but please register by e-mail:

Organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the next meeting with the EU Book Club will be with a Swiss novel by Markus Werner.

"Cold Shoulder"
("Die kalte Schulter")

Moritz Wenk is an averagely unsuccessful painter, and Judith Wenk, a dental hygienist, are a close and harmonius couple. During a week in a very hot summer, in perhaps Zurich, he's found work cutting out and painting shop-window dummies for a costume rental firm. There he meets a small cast of extras: a befriended couple, Kurt and Silvia, who are having difficulties, Wenk's mother, a successful painter colleague of his (Rotzel), a little erotic confrontation with a trainee in the store, and another with an ex-model of his (Maya). It's his birthday, he gets to be 38. Cold Shoulder is a chamber novel told with Werner's characteristic charm and spleen that will delight current Werner fans and attract new ones as well.

The Author

Markus Werner was born in 1944 in Eschlikon, canton of Thurgau, Switzerland. Having written his dissertation on Max Frisch, Werner worked as a teacher in Schaffhausen before becoming a full-time writer in 1990. He is the author of seven novels, including On the Edge (2004), and has won numerous prizes.

Light refreshments will follow, courtesy of the Consulate General of Switzerland.

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