Texan born, Berlin-resident Greg Baxter’s first step into authordom was with a memoir A Preparation for Death…, a mesmerising self-deprecating account of his failed attempts to write a novel. Now, just two years on, his demons have been slain, and pretty damn well dead they are too!
The Apartment is set in an anonymous European city, and the story is narrated over the course of a single day. It follows an American man in his search for an apartment in this foreign city, accompanied by his newly found friend Saskia, a local woman he met in an art gallery. During the course of the day the narrator begins to seep out the secrets of a past he was hoping to escape, translating, what on the surface appears to be a simple, subtle, even uneventful tale, into a story with unimaginable hidden depths and wisdom. A truthful, moving, and often horrifyingly stark account of guilt, war, America’s relationship to the rest of the world and the fragile foundations of Western culture. A bold assassination of writers’ block.