New Directions Publishing Corporation
On Sale: September 30, 2010
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A bestseller in Germany, Visitation has
established Jenny Erpenbeck as one of Europeâ€™s most
significant contemporary authors.A house on the
forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin (once
belonging to Erpenbeckâ€™s grandparents) is the focus of this
compact, beautiful novel. Encompassing over one hundred
years of German history, from the nineteenth century to the
Weimar Republic, from World War II to the Socialist German
Democratic Republic, and finally reunification and its
aftermath, Visitation offers the life stories of
twelve individuals who seek to make their home in this one
magical little house. The novel breaks into the everyday
life of the house and shimmers through it, while relating
the passions and fates of its inhabitants. Elegant and
poetic, Visitation forms a literary mosaic of the
last century, tearing open wounds and offering moments of
reconciliation, with its drama and its exquisite evocation
of a landscape no political upheaval can truly change.
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