Author(s): Pascal Mercier
Raimund Gregorious - Mundus, as his students affectionately call him - is a predictable character. A bookish Latin professor, well-respected, perhaps a little boring. One stormy morning, he encounters a beautiful, distraught Portuguese woman in a red leather coat...Later that day Raimund will realise: that moment changed everything. All of a sudden, nothing in his life feels right. His restlessness is fuelled further when he happens to find a book by a little-known Portuguese writer, Amadeo de Prado. The appearance of the mysterious woman, and Prado's prescient words, all seem to tell him the same thing: that he must leave everything behind.And so, early the next morning, he packs a bag and boards the night train to Lisbon on a restless journey across Europe and deep within himself in the hope of discovering somewhere, someone, who makes him feel alive and connected to himself and the world once more. Night Train to Lisbon is a richly told novel of ideas which will haunt readers with its depth and artistic beauty.
"'One reads this book almost breathlessly, can hardly put it down... A handbook for the soul, intellect, and heart.' Die Zeit (Germany) 'This excellent novel is a lesson in life and lucidity.' La Quinzaine Literaire (France) 'A sensation. The best book of the last ten years... A novel of incredible clarity and beauty.' Bucher (Germany) 'One of the great European novels of the past few years.' Page des libraires (France)"
Pascal Mercier was born in 1944 in Bern, Switzerland, and currently lives in Berlin, where he is a professor of philosophy. Night Train to Lisbon is his third novel.