The End of Days

The End of Days #2020

The End of Days From one of the most daring voices in European fiction this is a story of the twentieth century traced through the various possible lives of one woman She is a baby who suffocates in the cradle Or sh
  • Title: The End of Days
  • Author: Jenny Erpenbeck Susan Bernofsky
  • ISBN: 9781846275159
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • From one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century traced through the various possible lives of one woman She is a baby who suffocates in the cradle Or she lives to become a woman and dies beloved Or she dies betrayed Or her memory is honored Or she is forgotten by everyone Moving from a small Galician town at the turn ofFrom one of the most daring voices in European fiction, this is a story of the twentieth century traced through the various possible lives of one woman She is a baby who suffocates in the cradle Or she lives to become a woman and dies beloved Or she dies betrayed Or her memory is honored Or she is forgotten by everyone Moving from a small Galician town at the turn of the century through pre war Vienna and Stalin s Moscow to present day Berlin, Jenny Erpenbeck homes in on the moments when life follows a particular branch and fate suddenly emerges from the sly interplay between history, character and pure chance.
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    Already the title of Jenny Erpenbeck s new novel, ALLER TAGE ABEND THE END OF ALL DAYS , gives me pause It is an old fashioned phrase that goes back at least to Martin Luther The story begins at the grave site of a baby girl, and, while the grandmother accepts this death without questioning the why , the thoughts of the mother wander into all the possible future lives that the girl might have had One death is not the end of all days , first spoken by the grandmother, becomes the underlying theme [...]

    I have read 50% of this book and I am no further on than when I had 1% read as this book is making absolutely no sense to me When is the right time to give up on a book I hate giving up on a novel but I am getting zero satisfaction from this story and frustration is starting to set in So I think now is the time to part company with this one One of the difficulties for me is that neither the main character or her parents, sister, husband, grandparents and great grandparents are given names in the [...]

    A child dies But this is not the end, no, the beginning What if she hadn t died What if her life went on and she died in the despair of unrequited love, or in a senseless pogrom of Trotskyite elements, or celebrated, at the height of literary fame, or in obscurity, forgotten and alone in an old people s home What does it take to survive the twentieth century To be tossed on the waves of two wars, the Spanish flu, economic collapse, totalitarian regimes, the fall of communism, and yet keep bobbin [...]

    Death After DeathI read the first long section of this intricate novel in German as Aller Tage Abend over a year ago It was about the time that Kate Atkinson s Life After Life was going to press, so there can be no accusation of plagiarism between the two authors, but the concepts are nonetheless very similar Atkinson tells a forty year story in which a setback in one chapter an infant s death, say is immediately followed by another in which that outcome is erased and replaced by an alternative [...]

    Breathtaking, vivid writing but it almost didn t feel like the writing belonged in a novel It felt like it should have been music, instead As I read I got the same feeling I get when I listen to Barber s Adagio for Strings As with the Barber piece there are beautiful incantatory phrases that build to piercingly beautiful and very sad resolutions But the resolutions are lyrical and thematic, rather than providing narrative closure The language does not build to a resolution as a novel typically d [...]

    The first two sections of this novel took my breath away I slowed my pace down to a close reading level, absorbing the resonances between the first two possible lives of this girl child and entertaining the possibilities in subtle shifts that might change a life I immediately found it profound than Kate Atkinson s Life After Life which starts at a galloping pace and a very different style An infant who suffers a crib death finds herself with suicidal ideations in another life Does he know what [...]

    There were moments of great beauty and poignancy in this book, but for some reason it just left me a bit cold I never really felt a connection The lack of character names didn t really work for me, I found it too baffling Probably a case of it s not the book, it s me but still, I feel slightly relieved to have finished

    msarki.tumblr post 1086662There is an old man back in my home town in Michigan, my place of birth, who sits alone in a chair in a rest home, no longer aware of who he is or what he is doing there, or anywhere He no longer remembers what certain words mean nor what gadgets are meant to do, or even why tasks have to be performed The only meaning left in his life are the brief moments of memory that come to him in a flash, but then mostly escape him It seems his days are spent simply waiting for wh [...]

    This is a profoundly moving book, a poetic reflection on the fragility of life and the endurance of the human spirit which follows the life of a woman through the traumas and upheavals of twentieth century Europe, from Austria to East Berlin via Moscow In each section of the book, alternative scenarios are explored in which small and apparently random events lead to her early death, and the story often moves focus between global events and deeply personal experiences.

    A few years ago, I discovered through the recommendation of a friend a stunning and poetic little masterpiece titled Visitation, containing a haunting narrative that carefully wove its way in and out of history and time The author was Jenny Erpenbeck and, since then, I ve eagerly awaited her newest work And finally, it s here.The theme she so beautifully explored the fluidity of history and time is front and center of this book as well and, if possible, even fully realized Those who have read K [...]

    The End Of Days was published nearly the same time as Kate Atkinson s Life After Life which is interesting that two authors had a similar idea at the same time I favor The End Of Days in comparison of the two Erpenbeck went deeper into the idea of what if events were different, how would that affect a life How would one person change based upon events What part of our character is a result of events and what is inherent In this novel, Erpenbeck wrote five books or lives It s five different lives [...]

    I won t give 5 stars to any old book But just for a change this one thoroughly deserves all the accolades It s just so beautifully done This is an absorbing novel that had me completely under its spell The theme being the various alternative lives or indeed deaths of one woman The way that circumstances intervene to decide our fate If on a certain day a young lady didn t take her normal route through the streets of old Vienna If she didn t ignore a certain young man If she didn t listen to her m [...]

    Outstanding I almost want to re read it just to take in of the beauty and depth of the words The writing is simple, soulful, gorgeous and masterful It seems like I felt vs read this book I want to stand up and cheer for such an accomplishment It s something how a book comes to you This one was highly recommended by Jill, a friend on And even so, you never really know what to expect and if the book will have the same impact as we all have different tastes Well, this is rather mellow, not that lo [...]

    Jenny Erpenbeck has just joined the list of my favorite writers First Visitation Heimsuchung and now this book And once again not a word too much, not a thought wasted Recommended does not even begin to cover it, but read it on a sunny day, when you are able to stomach 90 years of in big parts Jewish history perfectly condensed into one book of not even 300 pages And yes, I am writing this in English because I want everyone to read it, not only the German speaking folks.

    Wat een indringend gevoelig geschreven portret waarin het leven van een vrouw langzaam vorm krijgt Of niet, want hangt niet elk leven af van de willekeur van het moment Zo sterft ze, zo leeft ze.Prachtig van taal en ritme, zo vloeiend dat het lijkt of het gezongen is Dan weer zacht en amper uitgesproken dan weer melodisch en vol harmonie en waar het leven raast weer hard en staccato.

    I found this tremendously powerful and moving A best of the year book for me, I immediately want to read everything Erpenbeck has written.

    Vita, morte, caso e tempo, sono i grandi temi intorno ai quali si sviluppa questo romanzo.Si apre con la morte in culla di una bambina in Galizia Morte improvvisa, che cambia il ruolo nonch l esistenza delle persone intorno a lei la madre non pi madre e torna a essere solo figlia la nonna non pi nonna e ridiventa solo madre e figlia della bisnonna, che torna ad essere solo nonna e madre Ha il tono di una ballata triste, questa prima parte La morte incombe e stravolge, ingoia il tempo della picco [...]

    a new directions book , multiple awards winner clever way to tell europe saga of 20th century, five characters as same person, but at different time periods, different situations none being 1%er s or otherwise very privileged thus lots of dying, running, hiding, trying failing war inhumanity and borders both open and closed.

    I have read all of Erpenbeck s books to be translated into English so far, and loved the idea behind The End of Days The novel gives five wildly different scenarios in the life of one woman in the first Book , for instance, she suffers a cot death, and the grief of her parents ensues in others, she becomes a prostitute, or goes somewhat off the rails Erpenbeck has done a marvellous job of setting The End of Days against the backdrop of the twentieth century, and the historic events which she use [...]

    the most recent work from german author jenny erpenbeck to appear in english, the end of days aller tage abend is composed of five books and four intermezzos spanning ninety years of the twentieth century, erpenbeck s beautifully written new novel is the story of an unnamed woman whom we come to know as comrade h and, later, frau hoffmann born in galicia eastern europe, not spain each of the end of days s five books finds the protagonist dead by its conclusion in infancy in the first and as a no [...]

    This is a book about five possible lives for one woman lived from the late 1890 s to the early 1990 s Let s refer to the woman as H She is born, I think, in Poland Her mother is Jewish and her father is a goy view spoiler It was H s grandmother who decided H s mother should marry a goy, after her husband was beaten to death In the first life, H s grandmother, after H s too early death, tells H s mother about her father It is the last time this first secret gets told In the second life, H lives a [...]

    This book is very similar in conceit to Kate Atkinson s Life After Life , where the book starts with a baby s death and then posits alternative histories if she lived Atkinson s book studies the First and Second World Wars for a largely British perspective with one section in pre war Germany , whereas Erpenbeck s is set across MittelEuropa from the First World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall Of the two I prefer Erpenbeck s, because Atkinson s was a bit too recognisable and not enough taking m [...]

    This is a really good book, but I don t think it was great Each chapter describes the effect of the death of a woman, identified only as Comrade Hoffman, and the circumstances of her life and loved ones as affected by the particular death The book touches on some really interesting historical settings, as she s born at the tail end of the 19th century and in some chapters lives through WWI, the rise of Stalin in the Soviet Union, and the dissolution of that political body There are some really w [...]

    This book shows a craftsman in action Erpenbeck provides a beautifully worded story through 20 Century European history and how a small decision can change in this case in dramatic terms a life A girl is born and as a baby suffocates The mother and father look on helplessly and the baby dies Or the mother reaches out for a handful of snow, places it on the baby and causes the baby s heart to restart And so on through the book as we trace this baby through her life and decisions she makes which c [...]

    The beginning of this book is stunning the first few pages draw you in and take your breath away It s beautifully written The conceit is clever at the end of each chapter time is rewound, a few tiny circumstances are changed, and then we see how the lives of the characters are affected.There was however a section in the middle where I lost any empathy with the characters I reconnected with them before the end though, but that s why I ve given it four rather than five stars To be fair It should b [...]

    Excellent book about death, loss, aging and therefore about life A book also about european history of 20th 21st century and about acting as an historical subject Instead of making a novel about lives of many different heroes, the author describes the many different possible lives of a certain woman,of Jewish and Viennese origin What would have happened if Dedicated to W Sebald.

    What a devastating, heart breaking book.We all know, or we should know, that the fundamental property of fiction is that it provides the imagination a space that opens with the words as if or what about or, most plaintively, if only The second thing we should know, after Scheherazade, is that death pends while narrative persists that is to say, while the tale is being told, death looms, it lurks, the end of the sentence the end of days will be death Otherwise, we have achieved the flowering prom [...]

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