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Go, Went, Gone
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Go, Went, Gone (Paperback)

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One of the great contemporary European writers takes on Europe's biggest issue



Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas, but now he is retired, his books remain in their packing boxes and he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin. Here, on Oranienplatz, he discovers a new community -- a tent city, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly, getting to know the new arrivals, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.



At once a passionate contribution to the debate on race, privilege and nationality and a beautifully written examination of an ageing man's quest to find meaning in his life, Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European writers at the height of her powers.

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Granta Books Publication Date: 02/08/2018 ISBN-13: 9781846276224  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jenny Erpenbeck is the author of The Old Child & The Book of Words (2008), Visitation (2010) and The End of Days (2014, winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize), and Go, Went, Gone (2017), all published by Portobello. Her fiction is published in twenty-six languages. Susan Bernofsky has translated works by Robert Walser, Hermann Hesse, Gregor von Rezzori, Yoko Tawada, Ludwig Harig and Franz Kafka. She is the author of Foreign Words: Translator-Authors in the Age of Goethe and is currently at work on a biography of Robert Walser. Her translation of The Old Child and Other Stories was awarded the 2006 Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator's Prize.

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I've been awaiting the publication of Go, Went, Gone with barely supressed excitement and, somewhat surprisingly, a little bit of trepidation - could Erpenbeck do what few authors are capable of and tackle one of the biggest crises of our age with both empathy and intelligence? I should never have doubted. Dramatising the growing relationship between a retired professor from the former GDR and a group of refugees in Berlin, Go, Went, Gone places the marginalised and the voiceless centre stage. Erpenbeck has done it - she's produced one of the books of our age and we'll be reading it for years to come.

Gary, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 13/09/2018

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