About the Book



September 2008
Trade Paperback · 256 Pages
$14.95 U.S. · $14.95 CAN
ISBN 9781852429454
Serpent's Tail


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Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, 2008

“Delightful … gently, deceptively provocative.”—The Observer

“Full of depth and allusion … wonderfully absurd humour.”—The Independent on Sunday

Inspired by Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, Castorp recounts Hans Castorp’s student years in Gdansk, Poland. Pawel Huelle imagines what happened when Castorp encounters people, events, and ideas that anticipate the years to come, including an enigmatic woman who becomes his obsession.

Set at the dawn of the twentieth century, Castorp conveys with elegant restraint the accelerating pressure as Europe hurtles toward the First World War.

Pawel Huelle is a novelist, playwright, and newspaper columnist. He lives in Gdansk, Poland. His previous novels include Mercedes-Benz.

About the Authors

Pawel Huelle was born in 1957. The author of Who Was David Weiser?, Huelle is a novelist, playwright and journalist who has lived most of his life in Gdansk. His novels, Mercedes-Benz and Castorp, translated into many languages, are also published by Serpent's Tail