The End of Days

The End of Days

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Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five "books," each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. How could it all have gone differently?--the narrator asks in the intermezzos. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna after World War I, but a pact she makes with a young man leads to a second death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, yet our heroine ends up in a labor camp. But her fate does not end there....

A novel of incredible breadth and amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of the twentieth century.

Publisher: New York :, New Directions Books,, 2014.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780811221924
Characteristics: 239 pages ;,22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bernofsky, Susan - Translator

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empbee
Jul 05, 2016

A ballad of generations of a family with Jewish background from Galicia and their run through Vienna, Prague, the Soviet Union and East Germany. They were everywhere in the wrong place at the wrong time. A short history of the life and death of a writer and her idealism that leads from one hell to another, from fascism to communism. No matter what ideology prevails, power intimidates and eliminates. Chess game or roulette is played with lives in the Soviet era. The book ends with lies or untold truths.

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uncommonreader
Jun 06, 2016

An interesting, unsentimental and thought-provoking novel about 20th century Europe.

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