The Forsaken


Original Title: Die Verlassenen

original edition

Hardcover with jacket, 176 pages, 12.5 x 20.0 cm, 4.9 x 7.9 in.
ISBN: 978-3-328-60161-6
€ 18.00 [D] | € 18.50 [A] | CHF 25.90 * (* rec. retail price) recommended retail price

Publishing House: Penguin

Date of publication: March 1, 2021
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Matthias  Jügler - The Forsaken


Nobody is safe from those crucial moments that change everything

What would you forget, if you could?

Johannes looks back on his childhood in East Germany, and the cracks that ran through it: his mother's early death, his father's mysterious disappearance. All his questions remained unanswered, and he now treads carefully on his path through life. He's a melancholic loner, who has settled into a quiet existence. When Johannes finds a letter in an old chest – addressed to his father and sent only a few days before he left his son without a word – the discovery transforms not only his future, but also his past as a child in the GDR before the Wall came down. His memories arrange themselves into a new pattern, and with it his attitude to his own life changes.

With penetrating vigour and forceful clarity, Matthias Jügler tells a story of loss and betrayal, of the value of memory and the urgent questions that are troubling a whole generation. A warm-hearted, radiant novel written with extraordinary linguistic intensity.

"Matthias Jügler’s deeply felt and beautifully narrated novella is a striking portrait of the tensions and complexities of life in the German Democratic Republic."

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