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The Diver

Alfred Neven DuMont

St. Martin's Press

“A wonderfully melancholy, tight and precisely constructed novel.” —Berliner Morgenpost

The Diver is a beautifully written and observed novel about Albert—eighty-two and suffering from Parkinson’s, following the death of his beloved twenty-year-old daughter, Glorie, who disappeared during a scuba dive off the Cayman Islands. Glorie had suffered from a potentially inherited and untreatable depression, and her death effectively destroyed her father and his marriage.

The Diver is a tender and insightful look into Albert’s struggle with faith, his attempts to come to terms with retirement, his failing health, and the difficulties in his ossified marriage to his wife. DuMont leads him on a journey to selfdiscovery, acceptance, and under-standing, as well as a fleeting glimpse of love with Glorie’s best friend’s mother, Lena, late in life.

This is a story about variations of love: the desperate love of an older man for this daughter, the stagnant love in a long-time marriage, and the surprising and rejuvenating love that can’t last. DuMont has delivered a delicate and sure-handed debut, elements of which are based on his own life.


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The old man opens his eyes. Still groggy from sleep, he searches for a ray of light, the smallest glimmer. But the night has lost nothing of its deep darkness and keeps jealous watch over its gloom. And as he knows from last night, and the night before last, and many nights before that, he still has a long way to go, an eternity of waiting. Much too soon, blessed sleep has deserted him, throwing him back into loneliness. Soon the relentless questions will close in on him again, silent as bats on powerful, beating wings with an unerring instinct for the quickest way to their goal,
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Praise for The Diver

“DuMont is a fearless writer, and The Diver is a rich and unexpectedly heartening journey into the country of loss. At the core of the novel is the affirming belief that no matter how much we’ve lost or how late in life we’ve lost it, we are all capable of change.  The Diver is a miracle of a book.”

--Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine

"...DuMont builds a warm and perceptive story, highlighted by sparkling, descriptive sentences...The Diver takes readers on a very rewarding voyage." ---The New York Journal of Books

"...[a] wonderfully candid novel." --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
 
"A remarkable debut novel. Part of this novel's artisitic integrity stems form the fact that it does not fob off readers by appeasing them with a happy ending to the story." --Die Welt
 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Alfred Neven DuMont

  • ALFRED NEVEN DUMONT has had a long career in the theater as well as in book and newspaper publishing in Germany. He holds an honorary chair at the Martin-Luther-University at Halle-Wittenberg, is an avid diver, and lives in Cologne.

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The Diver

Alfred Neven DuMont

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