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Grove Press
Grove Press
Grove Press

All That Counts

by Georg M. Oswald

“A very supple and clever satire. . . . As with all the best satire, it’s impossible to tell Oswald’s own moral viewpoint, or even if he has one. Ultimately the book is a parable about the extent to which money is, or is not, destiny. This is a high ambition, one that Oswald tackles without pretension. That he manages to make it look easy is the real confirmation of his talents.” –Geoff Nicholson, The New York Times Book Review

  • Imprint Grove Paperback
  • Page Count 176
  • Publication Date November 19, 2002
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8021-3931-3
  • Dimensions 5.5" x 8.25"
  • US List Price $12.00

About The Book

Winner of the prestigious International Prize and praised for its “gleefully bitter prose” by the Los Angeles Times, All That Counts is a sardonic, fast-paced urban thriller by a scintillating young German writer. From the bland boardrooms of the bourgeoisie to the dark alleys of the criminal underworld, this searing contemporary satire exposes the dangerous attraction of opportunism, loss of control, and the seedy side of life.

Thirty-something Thomas Schwarz is certain that he is soon to become department head of Liquidations and Foreclosures at the bank where he works. But after fumbling a particularly byzantine property case, his life begins to unravel: his female boss glibly fires him and his wife walks out. Suddenly acquainted with the giddy thrill of a life unmoored, he falls in with a cocaine-fueled crowd of money launderers who set out to exploit him. But when the gang is busted, Thomas seizes his chance to escape with the profits and, in a final breathless move, exposes once and for all just how precarious the trappings of society really are. “Clever, informed, sarcastic, and streetwise” (S’ddeutsche Zeitung), All That Counts is a provocative, glittering debut that will resonate for anyone who has felt like a cog in a wheel and wondered what life on the other side of respectability might hold in store.

Praise

“A very supple and clever satire. . . . As with all the best satire, it’s impossible to tell Oswald’s own moral viewpoint, or even if he has one. Ultimately the book is a parable about the extent to which money is, or is not, destiny. This is a high ambition, one that Oswald tackles without pretension. That he manages to make it look easy is the real confirmation of his talents.” –Geoff Nicholson, The New York Times Book Review

“One of the best books published this year.” –Die Literarische Welt

“With interesting characters, good comic dialogue and the kind of antihero who makes perfect sense, All That Counts serves up a very entertaining satire on the politics of money. . . . Reads like the gleeful evil twin of the self-help book.” –Richard Wallace, The Seattle Times

“Oswald understands high society like a pro, and his satire toboggans over bottomless pits.” –Der Spiegel

“Clever, informed, sarcastic, and streetwise.

” –S’ddeutsche Zeitung

“With surgical precision Oswald reveals the catastrophes hidden behind this glittering fa”ade of life.” –M”nchner Tageszeitung

“Oswald’s prose is astute, guileful, and extremely entertaining.” –Rheinischer Merkur

“Oswald is an expert of tales of disaster taken from the everyday like hardly anyone else of his generation. With magnificently stealthy and subdued irony, but also with a vicious rage to expose, he casts a light inside the social cage.” –Sudwestfunk Baden-Baden

All That Counts is surely one of the best novels of the young millennium.” –Die Welt