Michael, a retired bridge engineer, grew up in Ireland, lived in GDR-era Leipzig, and now resides alone in Bilbao after the death of his girlfriend, Catherine. Each day he listens to two versions of Schubert’s Trout Quintet before walking the same route to visit Richard Serra’s enormous permanent installation, The Matter of Time, in the Guggenheim Museum.
A Sabbatical in Leipzig is a quiet, meditative novel about detailed fascinations provoked by memories and the meaning we ascribe to our work and life.
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