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The Apartment
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The Apartment
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A powerful and elegant debut novel about love, memory, exile, and war

One snowy holiday morning in an old European city, an American man leaves his shabby hotel to meet a local woman who has agreed to help him search for an apartment to rent. This clear-eyed novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day.

Told in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope, intensity, poetry, and drama, The Apartment follows the couple across a blurry, illogical, and frozen city into a past the man is hoping to forget and leaves them at the doorstep of an uncertain future.

A complex meditation on America's relationship with the rest of the world as well as an unflinching glimpse at the permanence of human guilt and despair and humankind's lust to cure violence with violence, The Apartment is also, and above all, a novel about the bravery and mystery of friendship and love.

A powerful and elegant debut novel about love, memory, exile, and war

One snowy holiday morning in an old European city, an American man leaves his shabby hotel to meet a local woman who has agreed to help him search for an apartment to rent. This clear-eyed novel tells the intriguing story of these two people on this single day.

Told in an affecting and intimate tone that gradually expands in scope, intensity, poetry, and drama, The Apartment follows the couple across a blurry, illogical, and frozen city into a past the man is hoping to forget and leaves them at the doorstep of an uncertain future.

A complex meditation on America's relationship with the rest of the world as well as an unflinching glimpse at the permanence of human guilt and despair and humankind's lust to cure violence with violence, The Apartment is also, and above all, a novel about the bravery and mystery of friendship and love.

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  • Greg Baxter was born and raised in Texas. Over the last twenty years, he has lived variously in Ireland, England, Austria, Chicago, Louisiana, and Germany. He is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Apartment and the memoir A Preparation for Death. He now lives in Berlin, where he writes and translates.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 12, 2013
    A Navy veteran in his early 40s who has made big money working as a military contractor in Iraq explores an unnamed European city with a possibly romantically inclined local woman, Saskia, in this intriguing debut novel from Baxter, author of the memoir A Preparation for Death. In the course of one day spent searching for an apartment, the anonymous narrator looks back on his role in the American military and his own rather conventional brand of cowardice and hypocrisy: “I hated America, and I wished that it or I did not exist... And when I went to my office, I dressed in a decent suit and put an American flag on the lapel.” This sensitive, unassuming book is notable for its exploration of the basic disparity between the idea of American power and how it is actually manifested in the world—in this case, through the self-admittedly “contemptible” functionary who finds himself seeking an alternate reality in an unfamiliar place, but seems destined to remain “a citizen of resignation.” Where the novel shines most is in the telling—the slow, deliberate narrative unfolds like a quiet symphony, and Baxter’s prose lingers inexplicably, like a beautifully sad song. Agent: Lucy Luck, Lucy Luck Associates.

  • Roddy Doyle, Man Booker Prize–winning author "Clever, entertaining, brave; it stretches the rules while following a man through one day of his life. I loved it."
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