Peter Stamm is Swiss and this novel was originally in German. I don't know if all German translations end up so beautiful but now I want to read more to see. Here's a quote:
Fear, fear wasn't a thought. Fear seemed to come from outside. When Andreas thought of being sick he didn't feel fear. He was desperate, confused, he struggled with himself, he reproached himself. Whereas fear came suddenly, without warning. It was like a darkening of his thoughts. Fear made it impossible to breathe, crushed his body until he felt ready to explode and break apart into a fine spray consisting of billions and billions of tiny droplets, spinning into the void.
Wow. Lovely lovely writing. I've only had a couple panic attacks ever, but that is exactly how it felt. I also really identified with the whole starting over theme. I really liked this one and i think it is a 6.