Winner of the Presigious Hans Fallada Prize and a bestseller in Europe, The End of Days offers a unique view on twentieth-century German history.
The End of Days, by acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five “books,” each leading to a different death of an unnamed woman protagonist. How could it all have gone differently? the narrator asks in the intermezzos between. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna, but her strange relationship with a boy leads to another death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, but our heroine is sent to a labor camp. She is spared in the next chapter with the help of someone’s intervention and returns to Berlin to become a respected writer. . . .
The End of Days is a brilliant novel of contingency and fate. A novel of incredible breadth, yet amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of German and German-Jewish history by “one of the finest, most exciting authors alive” (Michael Faber).
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Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. New Directions publishes her books The Old Child & Other Stories, The Book of Words, and Visitation, which NPR called "a story of the century as seen by the objects we've known and lost along the way."Review:
Words and stories and memory are the vehicle by which the reader moves, intoxicatingly and fearlessly, through a dizzying but magnificent series of terrains. — Michele Filgate (The Boston Globe)
Wonderful, elegant and exhilarating, ferocious as well as virtuosic: The End of Days is her most direct address to history. — Deborah Eisenberg (The New York Review of Books)
One of the finest, most exciting authors alive. — Michael Faber
Dreamlike, almost incantatory prose. — Vogue
Beautiful and ambitious. Erpenbeck’s graceful prose suits the understated tone of this Hans Fallada Prize winner. — Publishers Weekly, (starred review)
The brutality of her subjects, combined with the fierce intelligence and tenderness at work behind her restrained, unvarnished prose, is overwhelming. — Nicole Krauss
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Descripción Portobello Books, London, 2014. Hard Cover. Estado de conservación: New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: New. First Edition. A fine unread 1st impression in a fine dustwrapper. Signed and dated (28.5.2015] by the Author and the translator on the title page. Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky. Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for 2015. Associated IFFP booklet present. Signed by Author & Translator. Nº de ref. de la librería 007364