Louis Begley

As Max saw it - Novel

Original US edition: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994 / German edition: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1995
(German title: Wie Max es sah)
ca. 146 pages
Louis Begley
Foto: Louis Begley
© Jerry Bauer

Louis Begley, born 1933, lives in New York City.

Worldwide translation rights for Louis Begley’s oeuvre, except for Memories of a Marriage, are now handled by Suhrkamp Verlag, except for the following languages: English, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Polish, Hungarian (represented by Georges Borchardt Inc. Literary Agency)

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»[A] Perfectly Constructed Novel.« Time


»The time is 1974, and Max, who is fleeing from the wreckage of his first marriage, is a summer-house guest on Lake Como, where he encounters the two characters who will shape his life over the next 20 years: Charlie Swan, a Harvard classmate from the 1950s turned famous architect […] and Toby, a poised and polymorphous teenager who is soon to become Charlie's protege and lover.« Time


»Elegant and Powerful. […] Charlie Swan is a grand invention – a big, booming American who bears evidence of Begley's admiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald. Begley does a superb job of gradually involving Max, his narrator and Charlie's friend, as a loving witness and an inseparable participant. […] [A] startling feat.« The New Yorker

»Powerful […] A consummately beautiful – and major – work of literary art.« The New York Times Book Review

Other publications

Der Fall Dreyfus/Why the Dreyfus affair matters (2009)

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Brazilian Portuguese rights (Companhia das Letras)

Ehrensachen/Matters of Honor (2007)

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Editions du Rocher)

Schiffbruch/Shipwreck (2003)

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras)

Schmidts Bewährung/Schmidt Delivered (2000)

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Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset)

Mistlers Abschied/Mistler´s Exit (1998)

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Russia (Wydawnictwo Moskva), Brazilian Portuguese (Companhia das Letras), France (Grasset), Poland (Pokolenie)

Schmidt/About Schmidt (1996)

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Der Mann, der zu spät kam/The Man who was late (1993)

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Lügen in Zeiten des Krieges/Wartime Lies (1991)

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