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Author Erpenbeck, Jenny, 1967- author.

Title Kairos / Jenny Erpenbeck ; translated from the German by Michael Hofmann.

Publication Info. New York : New Directions Books, 2023.
13 holds on first copy returned of 12 copies


Location Call No. Status
 Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - New Materials  FICTION ERPENBECK    Check Shelf
 Cheshire Public Library - Adult New Materials Main Level  FICTION ERPENBECK    In Transit +1 HOLD
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult New Materials  F ERPENBECK JENNY    In Processing
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - ON-ORDER (not available yet)    On Order
 Manchester, Main Library - New Materials  ERPENBECK, JENNY    Check Shelf
 Manchester, Whiton Branch - Adult Fiction  ERPENBECK, JENNY    Check Shelf
 Mansfield, Main Library - Acquisitions    On Order
 New Britain, Main Library - Adult Fiction  FIC ERPENBECK, J    In Transit +1 HOLD
 Simsbury Public Library - Adult Fiction  F ERPENBECK, JENNY    DUE 08-30-24
 Southington Library - Adult  F ERPENBECK    In Transit +1 HOLD

Description 293 pages ; 22 cm
Note "A New Directions book."
Summary "Jenny Erpenbeck (the author of Go, Went, Gone and Visitation) is an epic storyteller and arguably the most powerful voice in contemporary German literature. Erpenbeck's new novel Kairos-an unforgettably compelling masterpiece tells the story of the romance begun in East Berlin at the end of the 1980s when nineteen-year-old Katharina meets by chance a married writer in his fifties named Hans. Their passionate yet difficult long-running affair takes place against the background of the declining GDR, through the upheavals wrought by its dissolution in 1989 and then what comes after. In her unmistakable style and with enormous sweep, Erpenbeck describes the path of the two lovers, as Katharina grows up and tries to come to terms with a not always ideal romance, even as a whole world with its own ideology disappears. As the Times Literary Supplement writes: "The weight of history, the particular experiences of East and West, and the ways in which cultural and subjective memory shape individual identity has always been present in Erpenbeck's work. She knows that no one is all bad, no state all rotten, and she masterfully captures the existential bewilderment of this period between states and ideologies." In the opinion of her superbly gifted translator Michael Hofmann, Kairos is the great post-Unification novel. And, as The New Republic has commented on his work as a translator: "Hofmann's translation is invaluable-it achieves what translations are supposedly unable to do: it is at once 'loyal' and 'beautiful'""-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Young women -- Fiction.
Married men -- Fiction.
Adultery -- Fiction.
Genre/Form Romance fiction.
Added Author Hofmann, Michael, 1957 August 25- translator.
Added Title Kairos. English
ISBN 9780811229340 (hardcover)
0811229343 (hardcover)
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