NTA Longlist: End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck translated by Susan Bernofsky

End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky (New Directions)

Erpenbeck-End of DaysIn a dreamlike series of five “books,” The End of Days addresses the question of what if a baby who died in the early twentieth century had lived longer, only to die during later decades in the midst of world wars and cultural upheaval. How could it all have gone differently had that baby grown up and had a family through those historical times? Susan Bernofsky’s translation artfully captures the haunting yet exhilarating possibilities of the impact of one life.

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About Erica Mena

Erica Mena is a poet, translator, and book artist.
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