Not a Novel | Granta

  • Published: 05/11/2020
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  • Granta Books
  • 224 pages

Not a Novel

Jenny Erpenbeck

NO 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

The Author

Jenny Erpenbeck is the author of Go, Went, Gone and The End of Days, which received the 2015 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Her collection of essays Not a Novel, translated from the German by Kurt Beals, will be published by Granta Books.

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Open Bookkeeping

Jenny Erpenbeck

‘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.