'We are born and we die - but many things could happen in between. Which life do we end up living?' From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century traced through the various possible lives of one woman. She is a baby who barely survives beyond her first breath, and suffocates in the cradle. Or perhaps not? She lives to become as an adult and dies beloved. Or dies betrayed. Or perhaps not? Her memory is honoured. Or she is forgotten by everyone. Moving from a small Galician town at the turn of the century, through pre-war Vienna and Stalin's Moscow to present-day Berlin, Jenny Erpenbeck homes in on the moments when life follows a particular branch and 'fate' suddenly emerges from the sly interplay between history, character and pure chance. Fully alive with ambition and ideas, The End of Days is a novel that pulls apart the threads of destiny and allows us to see the present and the past anew.
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JENNY ERPENBECK is author of Visitation (2010) and The Old Child & The Book of Words (2008), both published by Portobello. Her fiction is published in fourteen languages.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.”
“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 Granta, 2014. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 192 pages. 8.03x5.39x0.79 inches. In Stock. Nº de ref. de la librería zk184627513X
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