Anita Brookner’s Booker Prize-winning novel focuses on a novelist who has taken refuge from life in a hotel on the misty shores of Lake Geneva.
Darkly comic and deeply sympathetic, Anita Brookner’s novel simply asks: if you were finally free to make your own choices in life, what would you do?
At 73, Herz is facing an increasingly bewildering world. He cannot see his place in it or work out what to do with his final years. Questions and misunderstandings haunt him like old ghosts. Should he travel, sell his flat, or propose marriage to an old friend he has not seen in 30 years? Herz believes that he must do something, only he doesn't know what his next big thing in life should be . .
About the AuthorOver the course of 28 years, Anita Brookner wrote 24 books. She published her first novel, A Start in Life, in 1981 and her final one, Strangers, in 2009.