Peace Talks

December 7, 2020
Peace Talks

Edvard Behrens is a highly regarded senior diplomat who has madehis reputation as a mediator in international peace negotiations.In his latest post, he has been sent a resort hotel in the Tyrol.High up on this mountain, the air is bright and clear. When heisn't working, Edvard reads, walks, listens to music. He confidesin no one—no one but his wife Anna. Anna, whom he loves with allhis heart; Anna, always present and yet forever absent.A small masterpiece of compression and containment, Peace Talkstells the story of one man's grief, the tribulations of the humanheart, and our longing for peace.Reminiscent of Robert Seethaler's work in its formal eleganceand emotional heft, of Rachel Cusk's novels in the precision andtenacity of its prose, and of David Szalay's writing in its abidingpreoccupations, Finch's new novel is a work of great depth,honesty, wit, beauty, and enduring importance.