Gehen, ging, gegangen

Jenny Erpenbeck

Publisher: Knaus

Germany
German
Fiction
2017

How does one endure the passage of time when one is condemned to doing nothing? How does one cope with the loss of loved ones? Who carries on the legacy? It is a coincidence that Richard, emeritus professor, bumps into the asylum seekers on Oranienplatz. But afterwards he decides to look for the answers to his questions right there, where no one else is looking: among the refugees from Africa, who, after being washed ashore in Berlin, await their fate. All of a sudden this world looks at him, a citizen of the old Europe, probably understanding better than he himself, who he actually is.

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