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3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,362 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Adrian Weynfeldt, Mitte fünfzig, Junggeselle, großbürgerlicher Herkunft, Kunstexperte bei einem internationalen Auktionshaus, lebt in einer riesigen Wohnung im Stadtzentrum. Mit der Liebe hat er abgeschlossen. Bis ihn eines Abends eine jüngere Frau dazu bringt, sie - entgegen seinen Gepflogenheiten - mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Am nächsten Morgen steht sie außerhalb der Balk ...more
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Published January 2008 by Diogenes
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Sep 20, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Cordarrelle Patterson
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The Last Weynfeldt opens with a beautiful woman threatening to jump off a balcony to her death. She decides not to, but once you get to know this character, the scene seems completely unconvincing in retrospect. There are things going wrong in her life, but nothing in the way she is portrayed suggests depression or suicidal feelings. Lorena is a shoplifter, a grifter, a con artist, and she becomes the obsession of the protagonist, Adrian Weynfeldt, an independently wealthy 50-something Zurich na
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Zurich Adrian Weynfeldt lives a largely solitary life. Possessed of enormous inherited wealth and paid healthily for his work as an art appraiser for a major auction house, he has acquaintances rather than friends, and almost all of those acquaintances are essentially spongers, tolerating his presence because of the ungrumbling way he subsidizes their activities.

Into his life stumbles Lorena, a petty thief and occasional model who happens strongly to resemble Adrian's long-lost love, Daphne.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Adrian Weynfeldt initially comes across as empathetic, passive almost a misfit, suffering from bouts of melancholy, he’s a bit lonely. A true gentleman, he can’t seem to shake his proper upbringing mixed with painful moments of the phases of his life. As we become more intimate with Adrian we learn he is quite street smart, savvy and a keen observer, extremely aware of both self as well as surroundings including peers. His stealth side really kicks in when he becomes involved with the dicey Lore ...more
I received an advanced review copy of this title from New Vessel Press through Edelweiss.

New Vessel Press will publish the English translation of this book in February of 2016, but the book was so good that I couldn’t wait that long to review it. The central figure of the book, Adrian Weynfeldt, is just what the title suggests: he is the last of his family and he is not married and has no children. Adrian’s parents had him later in life and when they died they left Adrian an extensive inheritan
May 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I'm giving this one three stars, although I wouldn't quibble with another reader who might give it four. Adrian was a likable enough main character, but I never felt I was invested in him, as they say. To be honest, the secondary characters held my attention more than the plot itself. Strongest part of the book as far as I was concerned was the Zurich setting, a place I've never been. Glad I read it, and would encourage my Goodreads friends to give it a try if they think it sounds interesting. ...more
Novel set in ZURICH (a perfect gentleman, Swiss-style)

Adrian Weynfeldt is the last person in his family line. He has inherited a superb apartment which has been in his family for many years, with top of the range facilities, views and everything one would expect in a luxury apartment, with full access to wealth and opportunity. He is in his mid 50s, very much a traditional man, signet ring on his finger, a Kennedy hairstyle, tailored suits, regular get togethers with his contemporaries and f
Keith Currie
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adrian Weynfeldt is a very rich man who lives in a vast apartment in Zurich. He has no need to work, but enjoys his job as an appraiser of fine art. A modern Maecenas, he also enjoys giving his money away to artists, who frankly do not appear to deserve it. Personally stunted by his oppressive upbringing, damaged by a love affair in his youth which went disastrously wrong, he remains detached from others, but is increasingly seen as fair game for exploitation. When he meets a young woman who rem ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Entertaining, satirical thriller with sly comments on the value of art. I definitely want to read more by Suter.
Dec 07, 2008 rated it liked it
Perfect for a rainy day in front of a fireplace.
Adrian Waynfeldt is Bryan Ferry! No, Allmen is Bryan Ferry, that is, actor Heino Ferch, who played Allmen in TV film „Allmen und der rosa Diamant“. As Suter meticulously described his, sorry, Weynfeldt's appearance – I envisioned Heino and knew: this is Suter, who wants to be Allmen in disguise of an art dealer. A French literary critic developed a theory that a critic shoudl write about himelf and his feelings he had during reading of the book, that „criticism“ doesn't mean anything. I can't re ...more
Juliet Bookliterati
The Last Weynfeldt is one of those wonderful books that are just a pleasure to read.  I'm never sure how much is lost in translation, this book was written in German originally, but I think the essence of the story works in any language and culture.

The title refers to the main character, Adrian Weyndfelt, who is the last in the line of his distinguished family.  Adrian is an art expert, collecting art and working for an auction house valuing and writing details in the catalogues for auctions.  H
Brittany Flores
This is a fantastic book filled with art, manipulation, lost love, misplaced life, and a boatload of money. Our main character, Weynfeldt, although perfectly polite, seems to be completely detached from living. He slowly comes to this realization as a brazen woman comes into his life like a ghost from his past. He starts to question who his real friends are, if performing the same routine everyday is actually living, and what genuine art is. I did get quite upset with him, yelling at the book, s ...more
Kathy Gardner
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I'm listing this in my fiction shelf, but there were so many references to Swiss art and furniture designs that I feel personally it could go on the art shelf. Why? I learned a lot about Swiss art. That was, of course, because I searched Google for a lot of the names and paintings the author included. I would rate it 5 stars for the page turner it was for me--lots of fun and a fast read, but 3 stars I gave it because the story was a bit unreal. I know there are people like "The Last Weynfeldt", ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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big thanks to @new_vessel_press for sending me this truly lovely book—you guys are so good to me!

THE LAST WEYNFELDT by martin suter (fiction) weynfeldt, refined swiss art expert, is rather alone—despite a somewhat shady cast of supporting characters, many of whom take advantage of his kindness & generosity + not as ostentatious as most american stories of suspense, this subtle, wonderfully descriptive story of forgery, money, love is nonetheless a page-turner

“‘Why did you do it?’
‘Because you a
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Art expert Adrian Weynfeldt lives a regular, well-off life in Zurich. He has a schedule of work, dinners with friends that fill his life. But when his life becomes entangled with an aging model Lorena, and he becomes involved with the sale of a questionable art piece, the reader expects doom. But Adrian Weynfeldt prevails in unexpected ways.
Sep 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very deliberate and strangely comforting in its style and tempo. While initially the pace appears slow, and the story seems to have zero focus or reason to exist, a tight web eventually starts to build and an intriguing complexity begins to emerge. Towards the final 50 pages the momentum builds nicely into one of the most satisfying endings I've read in quite a while. ...more
Roman Clodia
This almost has the feel of a C19th novel: leisurely and stately, though the topic of art fraud, forgery, and aesthetic value is modern. It's too slow in places, a bit more zip would have made it feel less ponderous. Well-researched, though, about the art world. ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have had this book sitting on one of my "to read" book cases for a couple yrs: Glad I finally got around to reading it. There are so many interconnected threads that weave through this book. So many themes, art, luxury, aristocracy, greed, and most of all life. ...more
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The start of the book was slow and I nearly grew bored with the characters but I persisted and finally it got more interesting when the darker elements appeared. Patience everyone!
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic of Martin Suter, can't wait to see more Felix Vallotton paintings after this ...more
Melinda Millard
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just loved this
Joan Kerr
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Adrian Weynfeldt is the last of the Weynfeldts in more ways than the obvious. He’s the unmarried childless only son of a rich Swiss family, but even more importantly, his whole being is suffused with his Weynfeldtness, which has gathered up its force and come to rest in him, the last of the line. The family money cushions him from the world and makes it possible for him to function as a kind of genteel ATM for his so-called friends: a talentless scriptwriter, a failed painter, an architect with ...more
Mar 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
If you appreciate interesting mystery novels—and by interesting I mean with unusual settings and particularly well-developed, quirky characters—you’ll love The Last Weynfeldt. Adrian Weynfeldt is an art authenticator and appraiser working for an auction house. He lives alone in a roomy apartment filled with original art, enjoying both comfort and predictability.

The Last Weynfeldt opens just as Adrian’s life is turned doubly upside down: he realizes that a painting he’s authenticated is, in fact,
Jill Meyer
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Swiss author Martin Suter's novel, "The Last Weynfeldt" is a bit of a mystery caper and a fair amount of a character study. Set in Zurich and the art world, the book moves slowly as middle-aged Adrian Weynfeldt, an important member of the market, finds love. Or so he thinks. The problem of the book centers on the main character, Weynfeldt, who, for such a brilliant man, makes a number of very stupid decisions.

If the term "unreliable narrator" is used about a character, I suppose the term "unreli
Marcus Hobson
This was very enjoyable and I am on the cusp of giving it four stars.

It is set in the exclusive art world of Zurich, where auctioneer and art connoisseur Adrian Weynfeldt lives an expensive, exclusive and rather remote life. He is particular and fastidious and very set in his routines. But when a beautiful woman sits next to him in a bar one night his world changes forever. He starts to do things that are quite out of character.

But who is the beautiful Lorena and is she really all she seems? Wey
Yvonne Leutwyler
Jan 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Another entertaining Martin Suter read, although not as good as the ones I have previously read. Not enough plot, intrigue, twists, almost too predictable... His characters are strangely likeable, as always, and I like how the storyline just seems to roll off his tongue (or flow out of his pen, so to speak).
Kathleen Gray
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will like this if you are interested in the art world and are willing to persevere through something which is not the easiest or lightest read in the world but one worth doing. Weynfeldt could be polarizing but he's never dull. This is well written and well translated. Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC- I'd like to see more from Suter. ...more
Aug 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great Swiss novel about a painting that goes into auction and about how the OCD art dealer changes his whole life and puts himself into danger for his run-down chic which he thinks is his lost and newfound love.
Thoroughly enjoyable page turner. Stylish, sumptuous setting, lovable main character, unpredictable plot, quirky personalities - it's all there. Can't believe I didn't discover this prolific author before. ...more
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Martin Suter (b. February 29, 1948, Zürich) is a Swiss author. He became known for his weekly column Business Class in the Weltwoche newspaper (1992–2004), now appearing in the Tages-Anzeiger, and another column appearing in "NZZ Folio". Suter has published seven novels, for which he received various awards. He is married and lives in Spain and Guatemala.

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