Go, Went, Gone (Paperback)
  • Go, Went, Gone (Paperback)
zoom

Go, Went, Gone (Paperback)

(author), (translator)
1 Review Sign in to write a review
£9.99
Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 02/08/2018
  • 10+ in stock

Usually dispatched within 2-3 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

'Vital... [Erpenbeck] is asking a compelling and timely question' Sally Rooney, Irish Times

Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas. Recently retired, he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin, and discovers a new community. A tent city has grown up on Oranienplatz, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly getting to know the people there, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.

At once a passionate contribution to the debate on race, and a beautifully written examination of an ageing man's quest for meaning, Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European novelists at the height of her powers.

'Profound, beautiful and deeply affecting... [An] extraordinary novel, bearing unflinching testament to history as it unfolds' Neel Mukherjee, New Statesman

'One of Europe's most highly regarded writers... Erpenbeck's most significant work to date' Financial Times

Publisher: Granta Books
ISBN: 9781846276224
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 215 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Erpenbeck is becoming one of Europe's most highly regarded writers, perpetually striving to create an artistic prism through which to interpret history's arc... Superbly translated by her usual collaborator Susan Bernofsky [...] there is a melancholic undertone to the novel, murmuring beneath its condensed, liquid prose. Deceptively unhurried, yet undeniably urgent, this is Erpenbeck's most significant work to date - Catherine Taylor, Financial Times

Europe's outstanding literary seer, Jenny Erpenbeck's new novel resonates with an unexpected simplicity that is profound, unsettling and subtle. Astutely translated by Susan Bernofsky [...] Erpenbeck's powerful tale, delivered in a wonderfully plain, candid tone, is both real and true. It will alert readers, make us more aware and, it is to be hoped, more human - Eileen Battersby, Guardian

A remarkable novel which questions our understanding of borders and identity and which calls above all for compassion - Annie Rutherford, Skinny

Susan Bernofsky's finely crafted translation [...] reaches Anglophone readers at an opportune moment... Erpenbeck binds the upheavals of past and present, Europe and Africa. Lyrical and satirical by turns, she shows that fearful isolation, emotional or political, hurts wall-builders and wall-jumpers alike - Economist

Vital... [Erpenbeck] is asking a compelling and timely question - Sally Rooney, Irish Times

Acclaimed novelist Jenny Erpenbeck has gone further than most in examining the ephemeral nature of human life... An immensely ambitious novel, tackling a wide, complex range of themes, it is about the arbitrariness of borders, both literal and metaphorical, and the notion of foreignness as opposed to belonging. It is about the complex nature of comprehension and compassion, and the places genuine empathy between foreign bodies might be achieved... It is also a clarion call, a righteous protest against dehumanising government systems [...] Ultimately Erpenbeck - wise, caring and profound - triumphs in this heart-rending plea for universal tolerance and respect - Jane Graham, Big Issue

[In] this wise, moving novel [...] Erpenbeck demands that her fellow countrymen show compassion to those whose lives have been "cut off, as if with a knife"' - Paul Connolly, Metro

At once urgent and contemporary [...] the brilliant German novelist, Jenny Erpenbeck, has taken on the churn of the great issues of refugees, illegal immigration and asylum in her latest novel, Go, Went, Gone and created something profound, beautiful and deeply affecting... It is a mark of Erpenbeck's compassion and her complex, nuanced understanding of the human motivations of sympathy that she can make [a] (white, liberal) weakness of Richard a tender, even humorous seam in her book... [An] extraordinary novel, bearing unflinching testament to history as it unfolds - Neel Mukherjee, New Statesman

Jenny Erpenbeck shows us that we are involved already, whether we want to be or not - Maren Meinhardt, TLS

Not only timely but masterful - Michael Pollan, Guardian

Very moving - Carol Morley, Observer

Lyrical, absorbing - Julia Alvarez, International New York Times

You may also be interested in...

Wind and Truth
Added to basket
Close to Home
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Last Devil To Die
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Prophet Song
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Housekeepers
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Kairos
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
The Guest
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Happy Place
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Yellowface
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The Bee Sting
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Talking at Night
Added to basket
£8.99   £7.49
Paperback
You Like It Darker
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Tom Lake
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Butter
Added to basket
£14.99
Paperback
The List
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.49
Paperback
Long Island
Added to basket
£20.00   £16.99
Hardback
TripFiction

“Novel set in BERLIN (a pertinent novel of our times)”

A pertinent tale of our times.

The author explores the nature of the shifting refugee population through the experiences of Richard, who is a retired Professor Emeritus, entering the Autumn years of his life. The... More

Hardback edition
Helpful? Upvote 45

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.

env: aptum
branch: