192 pages

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ISBN: 9781942658726


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“A masterful examination of internal conflict, gratifying for readers inspired by ecofiction and literary theory. . . . Inner explorations transform into a Weltanschauung of epiphany and new understanding of love, death, and the natural world.”


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“[Moss] opens with the death of a renowned botanist, whose . . . hypnotic reflections and biographical recollections disavow the ‘botanist’s penetrating gaze’—its ‘classifications without real knowledge’—to arrive at a rejuvenating, anarchic conception of the natural world.”


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“A powerful exercise in eco-fiction. . . . Modick’s writing, at its best, presents the ‘mossifcation’ of the mind, combining clinical observation with philosophical lyricism.”

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“[Moss] taps into a host of humanitarian and ecological concerns, even as it reminds the reader of the complex web of connections humans dwell within.”

Words Without Borders

“A graceful, thought-provoking portrait of memory and mortality.”

Publishers Weekly

“Thoughtful and thought-provoking.”

Midwest Book Review

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“The protagonist of Modick’s quietly stunning novel is a renowned botanist who only in the last nine months of his long life truly understands the lessons of his obsession. . . . Presented as an addendum to the professor’s magnum opus, this diary-like narrative operates with the slow power and lyricism of true discovery.”

Laurie Greer, Politics and Prose Bookstore (Washington, DC)

An aging botanist withdraws to the seclusion of his family’s vacation home in the German countryside. In his final days, he realizes that his life’s work of scientific classification has led him astray from the hidden secrets of the natural world. As his body slows and his mind expands, he recalls his family’s escape from budding fascism in Germany, his father’s need to prune and control, and his tender moments with first loves. But as his disintegration into moss begins, his fascination with botany culminates in a profound understanding of life’s meaning and his own mortality.

Visionary and poetic, Moss explores our fundamental human desires for both transcendence and connection and serves as a testament to our tenuous and intimate relationship with nature.

Moss is translated from the German by David Herman.

Big Other Book Award Finalist

Reading Group Choices “Editors’ Pick” selection

Arts Fuse “Recommended Books of the Year” selection

Words Without Borders “Watchlist” selection

Brookline Booksmith “Transnational” selection

East Bay Booksellers “Small / Indie Press Fiction” selection

Politics and Prose Bookstore Staff Pick

Excerpt from Moss

Looking for a great book club novel? Klaus Modick’s Moss is a Reading Group Choices “Editors’ Pick” selection!

David Herman discusses translating Moss and the exciting ecofictional adventure the novel has in store for its readers at Barzakh Magazine.