Calls to mind J.M. Coetzee, whose flat, affectless prose wrests coherence from immense social turmoil. By making the predicament of the refugee banal and quotidian, Erpenbeck helps it become visible.

The Wall Street Journal

An unforgettable German bestseller about the European refugee crisis: “Erpenbeck will get under your skin” (Washington Post Book World)

Go, Went, Gone

Fiction by Jenny Erpenbeck

Translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky

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Paperback (published September 26, 2017)

ISBN
9780811225946
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16.95
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Page Count
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Ebook (published September 26, 2017)

ISBN
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Jenny Erpenbeck

German writer and former opera director

Calls to mind J.M. Coetzee, whose flat, affectless prose wrests coherence from immense social turmoil. By making the predicament of the refugee banal and quotidian, Erpenbeck helps it become visible.

The Wall Street Journal

The best novel to date about the migration refugee crisis, German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone (New Directions) felt both urgent and tender, taking on depicting Europe on the brink of its next profound change—as seen through the eyes of a professor from Berlin’s former East, a man who knows something of what it means to lose one’s place in the world.

—Megan O’Grady, Vogue

Acclaimed German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck has gone further than most in examining the ephemeral nature of human life. A heart-rending plea for universal tolerance and respect.

The Big Issue

The conviction that doing nothing, staying out of it, is not an option is an urgent guiding thought in Go, Went Gone. Jenny Erpenbeck shows us that we are involved already, whether we want to be or not.

TLS

Among the Go, Went, Gone’s many virtues is that it is not only alive to the suffering of people who are very different from us but alive to the false consolations of telling ‘moving’ stories about people who are very different from us….Magnificent.

—James Wood The New Yorker

An insightful call to conscience and an undeniable argument for our common humanity.

Publishers Weekly

Erpenbeck bluntly reminds readers what is at stake for Germany and, by extension, the world. A timely, informed, and moving novel of political fury.

Booklist

A lyrical urgent response to a history that is still unfolding.

Kirkus (starred review)

Erpenbeck is scathing about the absurdities of a nightmarish bureaucracy that appears to deliberately wrongfoot refugees. Deceptively unhurried, yet undeniably urgent, this is Erpenbeck’s most significant work to date.

Financial Times