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The BookBrowse Review

Published September 20, 2017

ISSN: 1930-0018

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Book Jacket

Go, Went, Gone
by Jenny Erpenbeck (author), Susan Bernofsky (translator)
26 Sep 2017
320 pages
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780811225946
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An unforgettable German bestseller about the European refugee crisis: "Erpenbeck will get under your skin" (Washington Post Book World)

Go, Went, Gone is the masterful new novel by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, "one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation" (The Millions). The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates. Go, Went, Gone is a scathing indictment of Western policy toward the European refugee crisis, but also a touching portrait of a man who finds he has more in common with the Africans than he realizes. Exquisitely translated by Susan Bernofsky, Go, Went, Gone addresses one of the most pivotal issues of our time, facing it head-on in a voice that is both nostalgic and frightening.

"Starred Review. A lyrical, urgent artistic response to a history that is still unfolding." - Kirkus

"The narrative emerges as an insightful call to conscience and an undeniable argument for our common humanity." - Publishers Weekly

"Occasionally slow-moving but a stunning and intimate look into the refugee crisis; refreshingly, the characters don't finally embrace sentimentally but inch toward understanding." - Library Journal

"Dreamlike, almost incantatory prose." - Vogue

"Erpenbeck's prose, intense and fluent, is luminously translated by Susan Bernofsky." - The New Yorker

"Wonderful, elegant, and exhilarating, ferocious as well as virtuosic."- The New York Review of Books

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Tom Matamoros
Exceptional literature.
Exceptional literature.

Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. Her books include 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."

Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.

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