Price  £9.99
Format  Paperback
Published  1998
Length  378 pages
ISBN  9781870015509


Pierre Mertens


Shadowlight is a vast and thoughtful reverie on the life of the little-known German Expressionist poet Gottfried Benn who was briefly seduced by Nazism. In this fictional re-creation, Pierre Mertens explores the conscience of a German who wants to defend his error, and yet who has not even had to lodge a plea for pardon.

About Pierre Mertens

Pierre Mertens was born in Brussels in 1939. Having travelled extensively he now lives and teaches in Brussels. He has written several novels and collections of short stories and Shadowlight is the first to be translated into English. It won the Prix Médicis in 1987, and in 1996 Mertens won the Prix Jean Monnet de literature européenne for Une Paix Royale.