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Published
21 June 2018
BF PB
9781910400760
Ebook
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WINNER SWISS LITERATURE PRIZE
WINNER PRIX DU PUBLIC DE LA R.T.S.
WINNER Prix des lectrices Edelweiss
‘It was the month of June, in the year 1976. I was thirteen. It was the start of the summer holidays. It was the year of the drought.’
The Sutters have been farming on the Swiss plateau for generations, but now the household teeters on the brink of ruin. The crops are audibly roasting; the ventilators in the new hen-house are breaking down; even the family sheepdog, Sheriff, has taken to fainting in the unheard-of temperatures.
When a mysterious guest arrives at the farm, she quickly becomes a focus for dreams that have long been suppressed – of freedom, art and sex. With only his injured dove and his comic books for company, thirteen-year-old Auguste observes helplessly as his family and his carefree childhood dissolve in the heat.
A tender, funny, elegiac novel about a lost rural way of life, Year of the Drought is a perfect companion to Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life. Taking place over one apocalyptic summer, it evokes several
worlds – of childhood, of traditional farming, of patriarchy – at the very moment of their destruction.

Old Street Publishing Year of the Drought (MM)

WINNER SWISS LITERATURE PRIZE
WINNER PRIX DU PUBLIC DE LA R.T.S.
WINNER Prix des lectrices Edelweiss
‘It was the month of June, in the year 1976. I was thirteen. It was the start of the summer holidays. It was the year of the drought.’
The Sutters have been farming on the Swiss plateau for generations, but now the household teeters on the brink of ruin. The crops are audibly roasting; the ventilators in the new hen-house are breaking down; even the family sheepdog, Sheriff, has taken to fainting in the unheard-of temperatures.
When a mysterious guest arrives at the farm, she quickly becomes a focus for dreams that have long been suppressed – of freedom, art and sex. With only his injured dove and his comic books for company, thirteen-year-old Auguste observes helplessly as his family and his carefree childhood dissolve in the heat.
A tender, funny, elegiac novel about a lost rural way of life, Year of the Drought is a perfect companion to Robert Seethaler’s A Whole Life. Taking place over one apocalyptic summer, it evokes several
worlds – of childhood, of traditional farming, of patriarchy – at the very moment of their destruction.

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'Imagine a rural version of A Streetcar Named Desire… expertly ratchets up the tension before delivering a finale that is both a literal and metaphorical cloudburst – explosive, cathartic and surprisingly moving.'
Scotsman

 
 
  • 'Year of the Drought is precise and powerful… a stunning evocation of an epochal change in rural life, affecting in equal measure animals, people, plants, the soil, and even the air itself…'
    Die Zeit
  • 'This deceptively slim and deadpan novel combines the relentlessness of classical tragedy with an oddball humour that is both disorientating and charming. It was the most unexpected pleasure of my reading year.'
    Claire Armitstead
  • 'Having won multiple awards in Switzerland, this powerful coming-of-age novel about a boy watching his family implode now appears in an eloquent English translation.'
    Glasgow Herald
  • 'A great novel…. masterfully evokes not the end of the world, but the end of a world … a beautiful and very moving book'
    Le Nouvel Observateur
 
 
Roland Buti