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Dark Matter

Sebastian and Oskar have been friends since their days studying physics at university, when both were considered future Nobel Prize candidates. But their lives took divergent paths, as did their scientific views. Whenever Oskar comes to visit from his prestigious research post in Geneva, there is tension in the air, and it doesn t help their friendship that he feels Sebastian has not lived up to his intellectual capacities, having chosen marriage and fatherhood as an exit strategy. few days after a particularly heated argument between the two men, Sebastian leaves his son sleeping in the back seat while he goes into a service station. When he returns, the car has disappeared without trace. His phone rings and a voice informs him that in order to get his son back he must kill a man. As Sebastian s life unravels, the only person he can safely reach out to is Oskar. Then Detective Schilf comes on the scene, with a most unorthodox method of uncovering the truth. ith intelligence, wit, precision, and grace, Juli Zeh crafts a philosophical thriller which uses the clash of the ideal and the material worlds, the bending of reality, and the search for a definition of time to explore th
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A startling philosophical thriller from an immensely gifted young star of European fiction.

About the Author

Juli Zeh was born in 1974 and lives in Brandenburg. She studied European and International Law and at the German Literature Institute in Leipzig and has worked at the UN in New York and in Krakow. Juli Zeh has won - among others - the Caroline Schlegel Award, German Book Award, Bremen Literature Award, Rauris Literature Award, H lderlin Award for Emerging Talent, Ernst Toller Award, Carl Amery Award, as well as the international Per Olov Enquist Award and the French Prix Cevennes for Best European Novel. Eagles and Angels, which was translated into 30 languages, was longlisted for the international IMPAC Award.


"A compelling novel, thrilling yet profound...This book makes for a wonderful read, gripping until the last page. A masterpiece!" * Financial Times Deutschland * "A thrilling read as well as a terrific mental workout" -- Laura Wilson * Guardian * "An intelligent an beautifully crafted existential thriller ... Zeh's lyricism and intellect lend the book a depth often lacking in mainstream thrillers" * Big Issue * "A clever and truly entertaining read" * The Independent * "Zeh constructs an impressive matrix of information for each of her key players and provides descriptions that are vivid and original ... Her often unexpected imagery is precise and pithy ... this philosophical thriller is well paced; one turns the pages impatient for the denouement" * Times Literary Supplement *

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