The End of Days

The End of Days

Book - 2014
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Consists essentially of five "books," each of which leads to a different death for an unnamed woman protagonist. How could it all have gone differently? the narrator asks in the intermezzos between. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna, but her strange relationship with a boy leads to another death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, but our heroine is sent to a labor camp. She is spared in the next chapter with the help of someone's intervention and returns to Berlin to become a respected writer.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780811221924
081122192X
Branch Call Number: F ERPEN-J
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernofsky, Susan - Translator

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empbee
Jul 05, 2016

A ballad of generations of a family with Jewish background from Galicia and their run through Vienna, Prague, the Soviet Union and East Germany. They were everywhere in the wrong place at the wrong time. A short history of the life and death of a writer and her idealism that leads from one hell to another, from fascism to communism. No matter what ideology prevails, power intimidates and eliminates. Chess game or roulette is played with lives in the Soviet era. The book ends with lies or untold truths.

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uncommonreader
Jun 06, 2016

An interesting, unsentimental and thought-provoking novel about 20th century Europe.

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