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GAHC Book Discussions: The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck

September 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join the GAHC Book Discussion group on Tuesday, September 10 at 7pm for the first of their 2019-2020 book discussions.

On September 10th, the group will discuss The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck. The discussion will be led by Hedy Hustedde.

Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five “books,” each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. How could it all have gone differently?―the narrator asks in the intermezzos. 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 after World War I, but a pact she makes with a young man leads to a second death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, yet our heroine ends up in a labor camp. But her fate does not end there….

A novel of incredible breadth and amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of the twentieth century.


September 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


German American Heritage Center


Bettendorf Public Library
2950 Learning Campus Dr.
Bettendorf, IA 52722 United States
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