Set in post-war Switzerland, Fleur Jaeggy's novel begins simply and innocently enough: `At fourteen I was a boarder in a school in the Appenzell'. But there is nothing truly simple or innocent here. With the offhanded knowingness of a remorseless young Eve, the narrator describes life as a captive of the school and her designs to win the affections of the seemingly perfect new girl, Frederique. As she broods over her schemes as well as on the nature of control and madness, the novel gathers a suspended, unsettling energy.
Translated into about twenty languages, Fleur Jaeggy is a true original of European writing. The Times Literary Supplement named Fleur Jaeggy's S. S. Proleterka as a Best Book of the Year, and her Sweet Days of Discipline won the Premio Bagutta as well as the Premio Speciale Rapallo.----------Born in Manchester in 1954, Tim Parks is a novelist, memoirist and translator. He came across Sweet Days of Discipline while browsing in an Italian bookshop. His highly praised translation subsequently won the John Florio Prize.