Swiss Book Club


Saturday, March 7 - 03:00pm
At Alliance Française Auditorium

Organized by the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver and EUNIC Canada-Vancouver, the next appointment with the EU Book Club will be with a 2013 Swiss novella

On a business trip to Tunisia, Preising, a leading Swiss industrialist, is invited to spend the week with the daughter of a local gangster whom he accompanies to the wedding of two London city traders at an old Berber camp in the desert which has been transformed into a luxury resort. With the wedding party in full swing, the bride riding up the aisle on a camel, the global financial system stands on the brink of collapse. As the wedding guests nurse their hangovers, they learn that the pound has depreciated tenfold, and their world begins to crumble around them.
Barbarian Spring is a credible, probing and refreshingly original satire for our times that explores a culture clash between high finance and the value-system of the Maghreb.

- Winner of the Franz Hessel Prize for Literature
- Longlisted for the German Book Prize 2013
- Shortlisted for the Swiss Book Prize 2013

           ‘A discovery’ – Der Spiegel

          ‘Jonas Lüscher’s fascinating novella might be set in the near future but it presents capitalism’s hubris…in a wonderful, old-                         fashioned way.’ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

           ‘Never has the recession been portrayed in such a terse and beguiling manner’ – Die Zeit

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