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Die Wise pEn them their family unit disintegrates Their lives and hardshipsoverty Yan And The Pikes Violin persecution emigration might stand in for thousands of individuals fleeing Eastern Europe in the years before WW1 it is not insignificant that they and everybody else in the book are deniedroper names though they do come across as individualsBut then follows an Intermezzo In this the child s grandmother tries an old folk remedy and the baby lives Book II takes us to Vienna in 1919 but to Hungarian Heroes and Legends poverty and eventually to another death Another Intermezzo another major section This takes us to Russia where the daughter now arofessional writer is trying not to fall victim to Stalinist Land of Fright - Collection II (Land of Fright Collections Book 2) purges And so it goes through the fall of the Wall to the modern era It is enormously to Erpenbeck s credit that she both stays true to her schema and varies it so that while theattern remains it is never The Elders Speak predictable Deaths which might have beenrevented by a simple if only are intermingled with the natural ones that come for us all and which cannot be turned back There is also a beautiful closing of the circle in the final chapters created The Pharisees Guide to Total Holiness partly through the failing memories of the central character andartly by the author s use of repetitions and other stylistic devices that shape the book as a vast arch Erpenbeck is a writer of the greatest intelligence she may lack the Thirteenth Child (Frontier Magic, popular touch of Atkinson but her vision is larger and her historical conscience acuteI believe I have now read all of Erpenbeck s fiction It seems that she oscillates between two main styles One isoetic incantatory in the words of one of the critics cited on the cover stepping back and viewing matters in the vast context of geography history or faith Whoso findeth his friend congratulated him at his wedding fifty two years before and this finding continues today find the wisdom in the Torah a good wife a Craft Notes for Animators peaceful life down to the last shovelful of earth on the coffin find a death easy as a kiss like the kiss with which the Lord awoke Adam to life he blew breath into his nose and one day if you re lucky he ll gently lightly kiss it away again Sure she could have said this simply but the intricacy of its fragmentation and repetitions are the essence of what might be called Erpenbeck s high style It is even resonant in the German the main reason why I abandoned my first reading is that I was aware of so many other layers of reference beneath the surface that I feared I was missing So kudos to translator Susan Bernofsky for retaining so much of theoetry and not trying to turn everything into Perception and the External World prose Not that Erpenbeck srose level is to be sneezed at either She has a way of writing with devastating simplicity as in the following a complete chapter set as a kind of epilogue to Book II In 1944 in a small forest of birch trees a notebook filled with handwritten diary entries will fall to the ground when a sentry uses his rifle butt to Popular Representations of Development push a young woman to the ground and she tries torotect herself with arms she had reviously been using to clutch the notebook to her chest The book will fall in the mud and the Woman Will Not Be Able To Return will not be able to return ick it up again For a while the book will remain lying there wind and rain will turn its The Blue Door (Threshold pages footsteps willass over it until all the secrets written there are the same color as the mud Much of the success of ERPENBECK S BREAKOUT NOVEL VISITATION CAME FROM THE BALANCE s breakout novel Visitation came from the balance these two styles the Two Views on the Doctrine of the Trinity poetic invocation of a Brandenburg lake over decades centuries and aeons and the simple account of the brief lives led in a house on its shores The End of Days attempts much the same thing it is also an account of an entire century of German history told through sharply characterized vignettes So is this latest novel as good as itsredecessor I would have to say not uite While it mesmerized me with its poetic vision and infolded layers of narrative I missed the balance of the earlier book I was intrigued but seldom devastated vision and infolded layers of narrative I missed the balance of the earlier book I was intrigued but seldom devastated The Art of Standing Still particular the lethal absurdity of Soviet bureaucracy which constitutes the whole of Book III first confused and then annoyed me as communist dialectic tends to do I was glad to return to a saner world in Book IVAnd so to Book V the shortest of all a small miracle For here Erpenbeck ties the waning century to the wandering mind of a very real old woman in a Berlin retirement home The day room is full of stories not being told Not told in wordserhaps But then the author embarks on a stunning coda recapitulating the tragedy of the century in terms of objects a A Ladys Honor (Cliffs of Cornwall, patched valise a gilt carriage clock and a leather bound set of Goethe I can t say why but their fate moved me at least as much as the many deaths of her central character Whatever happens to this novel in its middle section its opening and closing are the fruits of geniusPS I have learned from a friend that the life of therotagonist here shorn of the various Bob and Larry in the Case of the Missing Patience possible earlier deaths that were later rescinded has much in common with that of the author s grandmother If so thisuts a different complexion on the book It makes the lack of names for example The War to End All Wars poignant rather than distancing It explains the long Soviet nightmare in the middle And it enhances the special ualities of the final section making them even moving as aosthumous Death Comes for the Archbishop personal tributeHere is the original German of the firstassage uoted above Finden und finden hat ihm sein Freund bei der Hochzeit. Nk gegrist en onder het hemd van het kind gestopt dan was het meisje misschien opeens weer gaan ademen Hoe zou haar leven dan zijn verlopen Jenny Erpenbeck schetst in Een handvol sneeuw vijf mogelijke levens van dit naamloze kind haar hoofdpersoon Deze brilj.

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review Aller Tage Abend

Ruminating over lifeReading the German author Jenny Erpenbeck always is uite a challenge In this novel too you are constantly Mostly Mama puzzling who is talking here what is it about how does this chapter relate to the others etc Endless uestions that may not even be relevantWhat keeps recurring is the theme of the leanness of life a child s life that is broken in the bud by cot death a girl who suddenly commits suicide together with a boy an activist woman who is constantly on her guard against the betrayal of Communist friends a celebrated East German writer who s reputation is annulled when the Wall fell a demented 90 year old woman who dies in a desolate retirement home You cannot call this uplifting reading and with a German title as Aller tage Abend always evening that wasredictable In every episode death has the final word as it should be or shouldn t itThe interlude The Naked Man pieces suggest that Erpenbeck always sketches an episode of the life of a woman in very different contexts a woman who could in fact always be the sameerson resurrected in a different time in a different context given some kind of coincidence One of the intermezzos is a long staccato of what if sentences and this makes you conclude that with a small change a handful of snow lifes can take a completely different turn and can be revived endlessly But you are not going to hear me say that this is the message that Erpenbeck has Damias Children put into this novel she is intelligent enough to leave that to the readerJust like in Heimsuchung Visitation the very dramatic German history of the 20th century forms the background for this novel and of course this volatility lends itselferfectly to the very changeable situations she describes Once again this is done in a very ingenious way with intertwined stories that ultimately refer to each other And again regularly there are appealing Cutremur de timp poeticassages But I ersonally found that first novel Visitation to be homogeneous and successful in this regard In any case Erpenbeck definitely is a writer for ruminants The first two sections of this novel took my breath away I slowed my ace down to a close reading level absorbing the resonances between the first two Die Botin des Königs (Reiter-Trilogie possible lives of this girl child and entertaining theossibilities in subtle shifts that might change a life I immediately found it Patagonia Express profound than Kate Atkinson s Life After Life which starts at a gallopingace and a very different style An infant who suffers a crib death finds herself with suicidal ideations in another life Does he know what a burden she is finding life which from inside always looked to her like a sphere with Predator perfectly smooth black walls and you keep running and running and there isn t even a shabby little door to let you outI cleared my Sunday evening it was just me and the cat to read the second half the three seuentialossible lives #of the character that take up near where the revious ended The what might have happened if #the character that take up near where the revious ended The what might have happened if was different or if one tiny change was made I felt challenged as a reader to enter the later lives as deeply as I had the early lives I was still absorbing the impact of the first 100 ages I wished for The Books To Be Longer Books to be longer that I could spend time with her in each new setting In Book III the character turns to Communism and this section was distancing and elliptical fragmented cold I realize that the style was a reflection of the rhetoric of the comrades so it was deliberate In Book IV our character s son is a central figure recounting his and his mother s life simultaneously with her death as she falls down the stairs if only she d stepped differently if only if only By Book V she is an old woman I had some trouble fully imagining her in a retirement home These are minor complaints and robably my failure as a reader and not legitimate Lots of Love problems with the book The return of the Goethe volumes and the resonances from all theossible lives moved me I had been listening to the audio of Moorehead s tragic Holocaust history A Train in Winter in the days leading up to reading this and the horrors of death camps and the human struggle against meaningless evil were informing my reading of Erpenbeck The twentieth century itself the century of thanatos and Germany are backdrops essential influences and I felt invited to apply the If only uestions to the great wars and deaths of the century Death After DeathI read the first long section of this intricate novel in German as Aller Tage Abend over a year ago It was about the time that Kate Atkinson s Life After Life was going to Reclaiming Love press so there can be no accusation oflagiarism between the two authors but the concepts are nonetheless very similar Atkinson tells a forty year story in which a setback in one chapter an infant s death say is immediately followed by another in which that outcome is erased and replaced by an alternative version Erpenbeck does much the same only with fewer sections five to Atkinson s fifty or and a longer time span virtually the whole of the last Century But I Think With but I think with depthThe novel begins with the death of an infant girl in Galicia The death causes a rift between the father and mother Although Christian he has married a Jewess for financial reasons but the mixed marriage hinders his romotion in the civil service and causes his wife to be disowned by her orthodox family With the death of the child the strongest bond betwe. In Galicië sterft aan het begin van de twintigste eeuw de baby van een joodse moeder en een katholieke vader Onontkoombaar noodlot of gruwelijk toeval Had bijvoorbeeld de moeder of de vader ’s nachts het raam opengerukt een handvol sneeuw van de vensterba. ,
Gew nscht zweiundsiebzig Jahre zuvor und so dauert das Finden bis heute an finden die Weisheit in der Tora finden eine gute Frau finden ein friedliches Leben bis zur letzten Schaufel Erde die auf den Leichnam geworfen wird finden einen Tod der leicht ist wie ein Kuss wie der Kuss mit den der Herr Adam zum Leben erweckt hat Atem hat er ihm durch die Nase geblasen und k sst den Atem wenn man Gl ck hat eines Tages sanft und leicht wieder fort The repetitions of the words finden Kuss and Atem show Erpenbeck s oetic bent better than anything else Also the easy flowing of one idea into another almost regardless of syntax with nothing stronger than a comma Looking at this again I can t help feeling that Susan Bernofsky may have overpunctuated her translation trying to give logical structure to something that is merely intended as a free seuence of thoughts Perhaps something like the following Find and find his friend wished him at his wedding seventy two years earlier and the finding continues to this day find wisdom in the Torah find a good wife find a Defender of Faith, Revised Edition peaceful life until the last shovelful of earth is tossed on the corpse find a death as easy as a kiss the breath with which the Lord waked Adam to life the breath that he blew into his nostrils and the breath that if one is lucky he will one day kiss softly and gently away translation mine Already the title of Jenny Erpenbeck s new novel ALLER TAGE ABEND THE END OF ALL DAYS gives meause It is an old fashioned No escuches su canción de trueno phrase that goes back at least to Martin Luther The story begins at the grave site of a baby girl and while the grandmother accepts this death without uestioning the why the thoughts of the mother wander into all theossible future lives that the girl might have had One death is not the end of all days first spoken by the grandmother becomes the underlying theme that weaves through the book The author builds her novel around the fundamental uestion what if What coincidences unforeseen encounters Being the Best Me personal actions or external events shape our lives could have shaped the life of this one nameless little girl From that first scene of mourning and grief Erpenbeck spins an extraordinary and complex narrative in which she intertwines aersonal intimate family story of three generations with Witch Creek (Wildlands pertinentolitical events and historical changes taking Sleight (AVRA-K place in the course of the twentieth century from 1902 to 1992 Brilliant Without hesitation very rare for me I can say that this is the mostowerful and thought Slave Labor Graphics Titles provoking book I have read this year if not longerIn five books each linked to the next by an intermezzo the author composes the novel like a musical arrangement a symphony maybe where each book has its own style and rhythm yeticks up one or another elements from the revious only to develop it into another variation of the underlying theme what if The language can be stark or lyrical the rhythm slow or fast of the underlying theme what if The language can be stark or lyrical the rhythm slow or fast depends on the ace of the story and images created Nonetheless each book contains its concrete setting in time and The Creative Writing Handbook place This could be Galicia home of the Jewish grandmother Vienna Siberia Berlin Each locale has a role tolay in the story s events as it does in the historical contexts Each Water Death (Outbound, politicallyertinent Between the Savior and the Sea period is explored through theersonal lens of the rotagonists a very effective way to bring difficult concepts to the fore such as the Stasi system of neighbours spying on neighbours OR THE DEGRADING SELF CRITIUE COMMON IN THE SOVIET the degrading self critiue common in the Soviet in her award winning novel VISITATION and other works Erpenbeck is hesitant to give ersonal names to her characters Their individuality however could not be strongly Written in the Stars (Cricket Creek, presented At the same time by not giving her characters names they can beerceived also in a broader context of human behaviour What if for example we were born under different circumstances in a different lace how would our lives have evolved How would we have behaved if confronted with the challenges the novel s characters haveI Am Very Reluctant To Expand very reluctant to expand the content of the novel in a review As I said in the beginning it is one of the most engaging book I have read in uite some time The intense leasure of reading ALLER TAGE ABEND operates on different levels and also lies in the step by step discover of its composition and different story lines Incredibly brilliant writing on essentially the interconnections between a series of alternate universes I bought the book without knowing anything about it except my affection for Erpenbeck and I think I might have benefited from not knowing the concept which has been spoiled all over Goodreads but I won t address it here This is structurally fascinating 5 linked short novels that congeal into a whole that sums up a life better than a realist novel could There are stylistic differences based on era that help set the books apart My Modern Engineering Statistics plea is to give it throughart two until then it might feel a bit cliched but she s building something wonderful here This complaint is nothing definitive but I found myself drifting when I read it Hearts particularly at the confusing beginning ofart 3 there s a reason it is written the way it is but I think it s a misstep Part 4 is the highlight of the book and has an absolute sublime 3 The Silver Nightingale pages 107 109 in my edition that sing This is a sad sad sadiece of fiction so bear that in mind too It s not really like anything else which is its best uality. Ant geschreven zeer ontroerende roman voert de lezer mee naar Wenen tijdens de Eerste Wereldoorlog Moskou aan de vooravond van de Tweede Wereldoorlog en Berlijn vóór en na de val van de Muur Een diepgravende reflectie over leven dood en de rol van het toev. ,
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