Jenny Erpenbeck: Freedom Came at a Price
How does it feel to have been born and raised in East Germany and then, at the end of childhood, thrown into a radically new way of living when the Berlin Wall came down? Jenny Erpenbeck knows the answer. Anyone who has had the pleasure of reading her novels such as Visitation and Go, Went, Gone knows that Erpenbeck has a devastating talent for revealing truths through fiction. But Not A Novel: A Memoir in Pieces is something different.
Spanning 25 years of her writing life, it is an entertaining, engaging and deeply moving collection of essays, and an account of the extraordinary times she has lived through. Using her new book as a jumping off point, Erpenbeck talks to Book Festival Director Nick Barley about her fascinating experiences of Europe’s turbulent half-century.
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.