By the side of a lake in Brandenburg, a young architect builds the house of his dreams - a summerhouse with wrought-iron balconies, stained-glass windows the color of jewels, and a bedroom with a hidden closet, all set within a beautiful garden. But the land on which he builds has a dark history... show more
By the side of a lake in Brandenburg, a young architect builds the house of his dreams - a summerhouse with wrought-iron balconies, stained-glass windows the color of jewels, and a bedroom with a hidden closet, all set within a beautiful garden. But the land on which he builds has a dark history of violence that began with the drowning of a young woman in the grip of madness and that grows darker still over the course of the century: the Jewish neighbors disappear one by one; the Red Army requisitions the house, burning the furniture and trampling the garden; a young East German attempts to swim his way to freedom in the West; a couple return from brutal exile in Siberia and leave the house to their granddaughter, who is forced to relinquish her claim upon it and sell to new owners intent upon demolition. Reaching far into the past, and recovering what was lost and what was buried, Jenny Erpenbeck tells an exquisitely crafted, stealthily chilling story of a house and its inhabitants, and a country and its ghosts.
Publish date: October 1st 2010
Publisher: Portobello Books
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, World War II
, German Literature
, Short Stories
This beautifully haunting tale looks at the era before, during and after WWII from a completely different angle - that of a plot of land in Germany. You can read my full review here https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2015/02/20/a-plot-on-a-plot-of-land/
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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.