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Punishment: The gripping international bestseller

Ferdinand von Schirach

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Fiction in translation

A chilling, unforgettable collection of crime stories, from one of Germany's most prominent criminal defence lawyers and 'one of the most distinctive voices in European literature' (Daily Telegraph)

A young lawyer puts aside her sense of justice to succeed at her new firm.

A man who values silence is driven to murder by his noisy neighbours.

A cheated wife seeks revenge.

How do you decide what punishment fits the crime?

Our narrator is a man you'd never want to meet unless you really needed him. A nameless criminal defence lawyer, he coolly narrates the fate of twelve characters who cross his path. In spare, gripping prose, he tells their stories, uncovering the loneliness and alienation, desire and desperation which drive their choices and shape the consequences they face.

Drawn from Ferdinand von Schirach's eminent career as a criminal defence lawyer, Punishment masterfully treads the line between fiction and truth, each meticulously crafted story crackling with white-knuckle suspense and vivid characters who stay with you long after the final page.

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Praise for Punishment: The gripping international bestseller

  • Tantalising and disturbing in equal measure - Guardian

  • Ice-cool, effortlessly classy prose - Observer

  • An exceptional prose stylist - New York Times

  • A magnificent storyteller - Der Spiegel

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Ferdinand von Schirach

Ferdinand von Schirach was born in Munich in 1964. Today he works in Berlin and is one of Germany's most prominent defence lawyers. His short story collections Crime and Guilt and novels The Collini Case and The Girl Who Wasn't There were instant bestsellers in Germany, and his work has been translated into over thirty languages. Film adaptations of his stories are under way.

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