A bestseller in Germany, Visitation has established Jenny Erpenbeck as one of Europe’s most significant contemporary authors.A house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin (once belonging to Erpenbeck’s grandparents) is the focus of this compact, beautiful novel. Encompassing... show more
A bestseller in Germany, Visitation has established Jenny Erpenbeck as one of Europe’s most significant contemporary authors.A house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin (once belonging to Erpenbeck’s grandparents) is the focus of this compact, beautiful novel. Encompassing over one hundred years of German history, from the nineteenth century to the Weimar Republic, from World War II to the Socialist German Democratic Republic, and finally reunification and its aftermath, Visitation offers the life stories of twelve individuals who seek to make their home in this one magical little house. The novel breaks into the everyday life of the house and shimmers through it, while relating the passions and fates of its inhabitants. Elegant and poetic, Visitation forms a literary mosaic of the last century, tearing open wounds and offering moments of reconciliation, with its drama and its exquisite evocation of a landscape no political upheaval can truly change.
Publish date: September 30th 2010
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 151
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
, German Literature
, Short Stories
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I wanted to like this book, but it just didn't do it for me. I felt like I was just swimming through a tangle of words, trying to figure out what was going on. This felt like writing for writing's sake, like showing off you know about words, rather than to properly tell an interesting story.
3.5, almost four. Beautiful translation.
2.5 stars. The structure of this book is interesting but I frequently lost interest.
This is a beautifully written book about a piece of land and the house that comes to sit on it, and the house's inhabitants over many years. The writing (translation) is gorgeous. You can smell the woods, the meadows and the lake. You get an intimate if fleeting glimpse into people's lives and how t...