Eu Book Club The Sweet Indifference Of The World

Eu Book Club | The Sweet Indifference Of The World

WHEN | Wednesday, April 29 - 2pm

WHERE | The Book Club will be hosted online through Zoom, link will be provided by email after RSVP

RSVP | by e-mail at

HOW | 20 copies of the book are available to pick up at the Consulate General of Switzerland at Canada Place (office remains open), first come, first served, or online.

WHAT | Organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the next appointment with the EU Book Club will be with the Swiss novel: The Sweet Indifference of The World by Peter Stamm. 

Christoph, a middle-aged writer, has a story to share with Lena, a young actress. A long time ago, he was in a relationship with a woman called Magdalena, who was also an actress. Lena is currently in a relationship with a man called Chris, who is also a writer. As the two talk, it becomes clear that the two relationships contain echoes, similarities, and coincidences too remarkable to be called coincidences. Are Chris and Lena doomed to repeat Christoph and Magdalena's broken relationship, or are Christoph and Magdalena a warning from the future? Who really exists? Is there such a thing as fate?

Peter Stamm was born in Switzerland. He is the author of the novels AgnesOn A Day Like ThisUnformed Landscape, Seven Years and All Days are Night and the collection We're Flying, as well as numerous short stories and radio plays. In 2013, he was nominated for the Man Booker International Prize and shortlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He lives in Winterthur.

Charlotte Schallié, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at University of Victoria
Dr. Charlotte Schallié is co-director of the European Studies program and an associate professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies. Her main teaching and research interests include post-1945 diasporic, postcolonial and transcultural writing, theories of spatiality, Jewish identity in contemporary cultural discourse, and literature/film representing the Shoah.