Arno Geiger

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Arno Geiger grew up in the Austrian Alps, in a village overlooking Lake Constance. His grandparents were farmers, his father was the local government clerk and his mother a primary school teacher. He studied German and comparative literature at university and his debut novel appeared in 1997. In October 2005, he was the recipient of the first German Book Prize for his novel We are Doing Fine and his writing has won numerous other prizes. First published in 2011, his autobiographical The Old King in His Exile has now, with this translation into English, been translated into 28 languages. He is married and lives in Vienna.

Praise for Arno Geiger

  • ‘Apart from the decline of the author’s father and how a family does and doesn’t cope with it, it’s also about the decline of village life and about the profound impact of war on a place.’ Martin Chalmers, translator and champion of German-language writing
  • ‘A profound, distinctive and timeless investigation into what concerns every one of us: aging and illness, home and family. A meditation on the things we find hard to deal with. A great work of literature about what makes life worth living no matter what.’ Felicitas von Lovenberg, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
  • ‘A book about the search for a lost world, a lost home and a character presumed lost, as well as about a rediscovered relationship. A powerful, grown-up, curious, and touchingly delightful book.’
    Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt
  • The Old King in His Exile is a magical work. It is true to life and yet effortlessly artful.’ Meike Fessmann, Der Tagesspiegel
  • ‘A delicate and fabulously straightforward book.’ Franz Haas, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

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