Not a Novel: A Memoir in Pieces

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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.
In 2010 Kurt Beals was a finalist for the Best Translated Book Award for Anja Utler's engulf-enkindle, and in 2012 he won the first ever German Book Office Translation Prize. His translation of Regina Ullmann's The Country Road was published by New Directions in 2015.
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
Fearless, playful, incisive. Erpenbeck is unique
The most profound, intelligent, humane, and important writer of our times. Forget the nombrilistes writing about themselves who have taken up so much of the conversational space. Jenny Erpenbeck is where it is all happening. She watches, notes, records, and interprets the world, not just herself in it. This is real literature: alive, vital, necessary, witty, beautiful, transformative.--Neel Mukherjee
The impact is of a master at work--Erpenbeck ought to be considered for the Nobel.--John Domini
An ideal introduction to the life and work of an exceptional artist.
This collection of essays, memoirs and critical pieces forms an intellectual biography of Europe's most history-obsessed writer. Beginning with her childhood in East Berlin in the early '60s and '70s, the book moves in concentric circles, from the intimate and understatedly moving to the moment History collides with her life. A powerful voice singing the past into the present's melody.--John Freeman
As this collection makes clear, hers is a life (and writing-life) well worth examining.