Not a Novel: A Memoir in Pieces

Jenny Erpenbeck (Author) Kurt Beals (Translator)
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Description

On the heels of this literary breakthrough comes , a book of personal, profound, often humorous meditations and reflections. Erpenbeck writes, "With this collection of texts, I am looking back for the first time at many years of my life, at the thoughts that filled my life from day to day."
Starting with her childhood days in East Berlin ("I start with my life as a schoolgirl ... my own conscious life begins at the same time as the socialist life of Leipziger Strasse"), Not a Novel provides a glimpse of growing up in the GDR and of what it was like to be twenty-two when the wall collapsed; it takes us through Erpenbeck's early adult years, working in a bakery after immersing herself in the worlds of music, theater, and opera, and ultimately discovering her path as a writer.
There are lively essays about her literary influences (Thomas Bernhard, the Brothers Grimm, Kafka, and Thomas Mann), unforgettable reflections on the forces at work in her novels (including history, silence, and time), and scathing commentaries on the dire situation of America and Europe today. "Why do we still hear laments for the Germans who died attempting to flee over the wall, but almost none for the countless refugees who have drowned in the Mediterranean in recent years, turning the sea into a giant grave?"
With deep insight and warm intelligence, Jenny Erpenbeck provides us with a collection of unforgettable essays that take us into the heart and mind of "one of the finest and most exciting writers alive" (Michel Faber).

Product Details

Price
$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
September 01, 2020
Pages
212
Dimensions
5.2 X 0.5 X 8.0 inches | 0.4 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811229326
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About the Author

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."

Reviews

Wonderful, elegant, and exhilarating--ferocious as well as virtuosic.--Deborah Eisenberg
Erpenbeck's writing is a lure that leads us--off-center as into a vortex--to the most haunted and haunting territory.--Anne Michaels
Her restrained, unvarnished prose is overwhelming.--Nicole Krauss