The End of Days


Original Title: Aller Tage Abend

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 288 pages, 13.5 x 21.5 cm, 5.3 x 8.5 in.
ISBN: 978-3-8135-0369-2
€ 19.99 [D] | € 20.60 [A] | CHF 28.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Knaus

Date of publication: August 20, 2012
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Jenny  Erpenbeck - The End of Days


A journey through the many lives that could be contained in one life

How long will the life be of a child who is just being born? Who are we when our hour comes? Who will grieve for us?

In this novel, Jenny Erpenbeck steps at various moments through a human life in the 20th century. She takes a keen look at the points where the road branches off and where fundamentally decisive changes can take place. The main character in her novel dies as a child. Or perhaps not? Dies as a lover. Or doesn't after all. Dies betrayed. Highly honoured. Or forgotten by everyone. Or perhaps not?

The author takes us with her on a journey through the many lives that could be contained in one single life – starting off in a small Galician town in about 1900 and going to Vienna and Stalin's Moscow before ending up in present-day Berlin. Her writing is masterly and lively, and she tells us how what we call "fate" turns out to be an inexplicable interplay of culture and history, of family and personal entanglements.

"An intense study of guilt, grief, love and destiny [...] By the end of this concise novel [...] we have experienced something profound and important."

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