- Published: 05/11/2020
- Granta Books
- 224 pages
Not a Novel
NOT A NOVEL gathers together the best of Jenny Erpenbeck’s non-fiction. Drawing from her 25 years of thinking and writing, the book plots a journey through the works and subjects that have inspired and influenced her. Written with the same clarity and insight that characterize her fiction, the pieces range from literary criticism and reflections on Germany’s history, to the autobiographical essays where Erpenbeck forgoes the literary cloak to write from a deeply personal perspective about life and politics, hope and despair, and the role of the writer in grappling with these forces.
Here we see one of the most searching of European writers reckoning with her country’s divided past in all its complexity, and responding to the world today with insight, intelligence and humanity.
Europe's outstanding literary seer
Eileen Battersby, Guardian
One of Europe's most highly regarded writers, perpetually striving to create an artistic prism through which to interpret history's arc...
Catherine Taylor, Financial Times
Jenny Erpenbeck on Granta.com
Essays & Memoir | Granta 152
‘I write an obituary that appears in the newspaper that she always used to read while drinking her afternoon tea. I receive €170.03 for the obituary.’
Translated from the German by Kurt Beals.