Starlite Terrace (The Seagull Library of German Literature) (Paperback)

Starlite Terrace (The Seagull Library of German Literature) By Patrick Roth, Krishna Winston (Translated by) Cover Image
By Patrick Roth, Krishna Winston (Translated by)
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Dark stories of failed dreams and contemporary desperation in Los Angeles.

In a rundown Los Angeles apartment building—the titular Starlite Terrace—Patrick Roth unfurls the tragic linked stories of Rex, Moss, Gary, and June, four neighbors, in a sort of burlesque of the Hollywood modern. In each of their singular collisions with fame, Roth’s dark prose presages a universal and mythical fate of desperation.   In “The Man at Noah’s Window,” Rex shares the story of his father, a supposed hand double for Gary Cooper in High Noon. In “Eclipse of the Sun,” Moss, who lives in fear of the next holocaust, awaits a visit from the long-lost daughter he has tracked down. In “Rider on the Storm,” Gary, a rock drummer and born-again Christian, who “almost played” on the Turtles’ 60s-hit “Happy Together,” strives to find an escape from his personal guilt. And in “The Woman in the Sea of Stars,” June, a former Hollywood studio secretary whose husband once cheated on her with Marilyn Monroe, makes the best of a disconnected life until she emerges reborn through ashes strewn in the illuminated swimming pool of the Starlite Terrace.   In each of these four tales of wannabes and almost-weres, Roth's L.A. portraits unfold in rare style, and, in Krishna Winston’s masterful translation, the hopeless, loveless perversion of an Ed Ruscha-inspired California becomes a compelling pageant of all-American grotesques that is not to be missed.


About the Author

Patrick Roth has been working as an Los Angeles-based film journalist and ex-pat author of German novels and plays for three decades.

Krishna Winston, professor and chair of the German Studies Department in the Wesleyan University, is the principal English-language translator for the works of the Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass, she also translated Peter Handke’s Don Juan.

Praise For…

“What stories can the little people tell? That seems to be the question German author Roth hopes to answer with this story collection set in a Los Angeles apartment building. . . . For those who love basking in rambling tales, and who are fascinated by Hollywood, there is plenty here to love.”


— Sarah Hunter

"Once you have read the first story in Starlite Terrace,you know that an ultimate dramatic scene will also appear in the next three tales — and yet, Roth usually exerts enough counter-tension on the reins not only to create surprises but to allow the unstated to simmer."
— Ron Slate

“Every now and then one reads a book and feels overwhelmed by it. This is that kind of book. It involves four stories narrating miraculous events that at first sight seem unrelated yet turn out to be subtly interconnected. Four people’s everyday lives suddenly shift from the mundane to the transcendent—just like this magnificent book, which rekindles one’s faith in the redemptive power of writing.”
— Times Higher Education

Product Details
ISBN: 9781803092119
ISBN-10: 1803092114
Publisher: Seagull Books
Publication Date: July 6th, 2023
Pages: 184
Series: The Seagull Library of German Literature