- Read more about Arno Geiger on our author page.
- Arno Geiger talks on Ampersand about writing The Old King in His Exile.
- Translated by Stefan Tobler from the German (Der alte König in seinem Exil).
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‘This quietly devastating memoir . . . charts with considerable discernment not only [Geiger’s] father’s decline but the late-blooming closeness of their relationship. Tobler’s restrained translation captures the acuity and wit of the original. As a writer, Geiger’s instinct is to make sense of language, to find a meaningful literary parallel even in his father’s simplest comments.’
‘Poignantly rendered . . . There is a lathe-like precision to Geiger’s writing. The psychological insights in The Old King in His Exile are acute.’
‘A delightful memoir of dementia sounds impossible until you read The Old King In His Exile, now available in English thanks to this winning translation. A book that will warm you right through.’
‘Life-affirming, funny and generous; a roadmap to help navigate the most disorienting territory. [Geiger] finds a way, in spite of the disease, to connect with his father and in doing so he understands something more clearly about life. We’re fortunate that Geiger has been generous enough to share these precious lessons with the rest of us.’
‘A tender, clear-eyed account . . . This is not an Alzheimer’s handbook, but it does contain useful advice.’
Sally Magnusson, author of Where Memories Go: Why Dementia Changes Everything
‘A wise and beautiful story of dementia and a family learning how to love.’
‘There are books that speak directly from one person to another. The Old King in His Exile is one of them. Every life is worth living, as Arno Geiger shows in his wise and deeply moving book about his father and Alzheimer’s.’