Jenny Erpenbeck at the Goethe-Institut New York

May, 10 2024 | 6:30 PM

Jenny Erpenbeck at the Goethe-Institut New York

the Goethe-Institut New York

Address: 30 Irving Place
City: New York
State: NY
Zip: 10003
Country: USA

The celebrated German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, one of the most compelling voices in contemporary literature, will appear at the Goethe Institut, the only New York stop on her US book tour. Her novel Kairos, translated by Michael Hofmann, narrates a sweeping romance which began in the waning years of the GDR and encircles past and present, as well as the interlocking strains of both individual and collective memory. The Times Literary Supplement writes that Kairos “masterfully captures the existential bewilderment of this period between states and ideologies.”

Jenny Erpenbeck was born in East Berlin in 1967. Published in translation in the US by New Directions, Erpenbeck is the author of The Old Child & Other Stories, The End of Days, The Book of Words, and Visitation, which NPR called “a story of the century as seen by the objects we’ve known and lost along the way.” The End of Days won the prestigious Hans Fallada Prize and the International Foreign Fiction Prize and is the author’s representative text for the 2024 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. Her most well-known work, Go, Went, Gone, was longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize in 2018, of which New Yorker critic James Wood noted that the book would be cited “[when] Erpenbeck wins the Nobel Prize.” Following her insightful non-fiction essay collection Not a Novel, comes the novel Kairos, longlisted for the 2023 National Book Award for Translated Literature.