Love Notes From a German Building Site By Adrian Duncan

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Book/Novel Author: Adrian Duncan

Book/Novel Title: Love Notes From a German Building Site




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**’Not a huge number of literary novels tackle the world of work … Out of rather unusual material Adrian Duncan has crafted a quiet, beautifully written, intellectually provocative and compelling story, an assured blend of mastery and mystery’ *Dublin Review of Books*. ** Paul, a young Irish engineer, follows Evelyn to Berlin and begins work on the renovation of a commercial building in Alexanderplatz. Wrestling with a new language, on a site running behind schedule, and with a relationship in flux, he becomes increasingly untethered. Set against the structural evolution of a sprawling city, this meditation on language, memory and yearning is underpinned by the site’s physical reality. As the narration explores the mind’s fragile architecture, he begins to map his own strange geography through a series of notebooks, or ‘Love notes’. Paul’s story will speak to anyone who has known what it is to be in love, or exiled, or simply alone. **
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“Not a huge number of literary novels tackle the world of work . . . Out of rather unusual material Adrian Duncan has crafted a quiet, beautifully written, intellectually provocative and compelling story, an assured blend of mastery and mystery.” — *Dublin Review of Books*
“In such a brutish and masculine atmosphere, Duncan’s account is an unmasked ray of hope . . . The prose is minimal, yet the ideas are maximal. If more men thought and wrote as tenderly and honestly as Adrian Duncan, we’d have stronger, sturdier novels and fewer garish monuments to consumerism.” — *Irish Independent*
“A good writer can make any topic interesting and so it is with Adrian Duncan’s captivating debut . . . Written in a reflective tone that invites us to be as curious about the world as the book’s narrator Paul, a mid-30s Irish engineer who has relocated to Berlin, Duncan’s spare and meticulous prose provides a vivid reconstruction of a profession not commonly documented in fiction.” — *Irish Times*
“Delicately observed and resonant.” — *Stinging Fly*
### About the Author
**Adrian Duncan** is an Irish writer and artist based in Ireland and Berlin. He trained and worked as a structural engineer for over a decade, received his chartership from the Institute of Engineers Ireland in 2008 and later returned to university to study fine art. He has written a collection of short stories titled *Chicken-Lane Manifesto*.




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