I first read German writer Jenny Erpenbeck on the recommendation of a colleague about five years ago.
End of Days – her sixth novel – was enough to get me hooked and become a full-blown Erpenbeck evangelist.
Since then, I’ve sought out her work which spans essays, novellas and novels. I’m yet to see one of the operas that she directs, but it’s important to have goals.
Erpenbeck’s latest, Not a Novel is a collection of essays that spans 25 years of her writing life, and covers the personal as well as art and culture, criticism, politics and society.
Erpenbeck is playful, insightful and curious, and writes with palpable empathy. These characteristics mean that I turn to her as a writer to help me understand the world we live in.