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Booker International-longlisted author Clemens Meyer returns with DARK SATELLITES, a collection of short stories about marginal characters in contemporary Germany. A train driver's life is upended when he hits a laughing man on the tracks on his night shift. A night watchman patrolling outside a home for immigrants falls in love with a nameless immigrant. A lonely train ...more
Paperback, 221 pages
Published January 20th 2020 by Fitzcarraldo Editions (first published 2017)
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In un tempo sospeso, in cui il Gegenwärtig (il presente, l’attuale) è un concetto relativo, direi mobile, e il passato incombe nel ricordo recente di una Germania divisa in due, si muovono i protagonisti di questi racconti. Ritratti frammentari di vite che hanno conosciuto la guerra, l’occupazione, l’odio. La caduta del muro, nel 1989, ha chiuso un capitolo, ma riunificato forse solo apparentemente un popolo che ha vissuto in maniera totalmente diversa il dopoguerra, la cui stessa lingua ha ...more
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Some time ago, I read and loved Meyer’s Man Booker International listed “Bricks and Mortar” and his short story collection “All The Lights”, so I was excited when my Fitzcarraldo subscription brought this new collection of short stories into my house. There is something about the way Meyer writes to which my brain responds in a very positive way. I know this is not the case for everyone, but it definitely works for me.

Die Stillen Trabanten comes to us in English as Dark Satellites, translated by
Paul Fulcher
The night before last – so yesterday, no, the day before? – she was a little confused because the days and nights were flowing together more and more

Bricks and Mortar, translated by Katy Derbyshire from Clemens Meyer’s German-language original, featured on the longlist of both major translated-into-English fiction awards: the 2017 UK Man Booker International and the 2019 US Best Translated Book Award.

The translator herself described it as her favourite translation to date and a a playful,
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3.75 stars

(#gifted @fitzcarraldoeditions) I read Dark Satellites, a collection of short stories from German author Clemens Meyer, translated by Katy Derbyshire, pretty much over the whole month of January and I have to say it didn’t help with my January blues - but in a good way, if possible! I came away from this collection with the overwhelming sensation of isolation, as Meyers explores the fringes of German society in these bleak stories.
Dark Satellites is a collection of haunting chance
Jan 28, 2020 rated it liked it
There were moments when Meyer’s stories of marginal people resonated with me – “Late Arrival,”“Dark Satellites,”“The Distance”– yet I feel ambivalent about the collection as a whole, as though I had missed some essential feature that elevates this above the average slice of life story collection. I’m looking forward to reviews of this, which I hope it will get, in order to appreciate it more. ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acquistai il libro impressionato dalla copertina, incuriosito dal titolo pensando: chissà...!
Ho finito il libro e posso affermare che ho fatto bene ad acquistarlo perché i racconti in esso contenuti sono davvero molto belli. Tutti.
Meyer ci mette in contatto con 'mondi' abitati da persone che hanno provato a reagire ad una vita piatta, senza picchi e con scarse prospettive di emancipazione all'orizzonte; gente che ha 'combattuto' per il proprio sogno, ha perso e ha accettato la sconfitta.
Brendan Monroe
I must confess — I do judge books by the cover. I don't see how you can't, really. A cover can tell you so much about a book.

You know exactly what you're getting if the cover shows a shirtless man, the head of the woman in his arms thrown back in seeming ecstasy.

Italians refer to mystery novels as I libri gialli (yellow books) because mysteries there have long been identified by their yellow covers and spines.

When I learned via an article in the New Yorker some years back that Peter
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read, germany
"Was heißt schon gegenwärtig? Gegenwärtigkeit ist eine Legende und ein vollkommen falscher Begriff, wir befinden uns immer wieder woanders (...)." (S.159)

Clemens Meyer schreibt in diesem Kurzgeschichten-Band über Verlust, Sehnsucht und die Vergangenheit, die nie wirklich vorbei ist. Großartig.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clemens Meyer is without doubt one of the most interesting and challenging voices in contemporary German literature. This collection of short stories invokes images of loneliness, failure, nostalgia, friendship, comradeship, death and love, shifting between the present and the past and set for the most part (though not exclusively) within Meyer‘s hometown Leipzig. The tone of most of the stories is rather bleak, the writing taking a careful approach to its characters, its rhythm being such that ...more
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I started this as soon as I finished Milkman by Anna Burns. I was quite excited to start it, as I was finding Milkman quite tiring (until I finished it, then I missed it) - and also because I was reading the larger F&F/Liberty London edition of Milkman, so was quite excited even to be reading a smaller paperback.

I did enjoy this book. It was definitely not what I was expecting. The feeling of short stories, without a lot of attachment, was appealing, at first. I had read the first story,
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Meyer was born in 1977 in Halle an der Saale. His studies at the German Literature Institute, Leipzig, were interrupted by a spell in a youth detention centre. He has worked as a security guard, forklift driver and construction worker before he became a published novelist.

Meyer won a number of prizes for his first novel Als wir träumten (As We Were Dreaming), published in 2006,[2] in which a group