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End of Days
End of Days | Jenny Erpenbeck
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The End of Days, a brilliant novel of contingency and fate, by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, consists essentially of five books, each leading to a different death of the same unnamed woman 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, but her strange relationship with a boy leads to 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 yet amazing concision, The End of Days offers a unique overview of twentieth-century German and German-Jewish history by one of the finest, most exciting authors alive (Michael Faber)."
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AnneCecilie
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 1mo
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8little_paws
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Hey littens. Been going through a lot lately. Just wanted to say I love the mental escape of this platform. Going to try to read a bit more of this book. To be honest I'm not loving it, but will give it a bit more.

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BestDogDad
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The End of Days is similar in style to Kate Atkinson's excellent book Life After Life, although I would rank Kate's book higher.

The novel is broken out in to five "books", each one ending with the death of the main character. In between each book there is an "intermezzo" which addresses the circumstances of her death and then asks "what if an event or two changed and the main character survived?” This is a dark, poignant, and unusual novel.

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shawnmooney
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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen Eww, that bruise painting! 😆 1y
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shawnmooney
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LeahBergen How are you enjoying this? Is it comparing favourably with 1y
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shawnmooney
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Centique Oh wow 😰 1y
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Kathrin
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Erpenbeck's book explores alternative life scenarios based on the survival and death of the main character. Four times she lets her die and three times the author retraces her steps and has her survive for a little while longer.

The author's use of language was hypnotic to me. She uses some phrases and metaphors over and over again and they connect the present with the past and sometimes connect one scenario with the other.

BarbaraBB How is this book? I recently read and loved 1y
Kathrin @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed the book a lot! I have read " Go, Went, Gone" and like it too. The books are very very different both in material and writing style. 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks! I‘ve got this one on my wishlist! 1y
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AnneCecilie
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What a book! Following a woman as an infant in 1902, then later as a teen and during different stages as a grown-up. It really asks the important question: What if? What if this happened instead of that, what would the result be?

If you loved "Life after Life" by Kate Atkinson, this is definitely the book for you

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AnneCecilie
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Next up. Based on the synopsis, this book is giving me all the "Life after Life" feelings. So my expectations are high, very high. "Life after Life" is one of my favorite books ?

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mdm139
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This is becoming a new routine. Put the kids to bed, start some laundry, and while I wait for it to finish, finish my day with a book, a drink, and sleeping dogs by the fire. #dogsoflitsy

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charl08
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Or perhaps that all of them together are dreaming a nightmare from which there will never be an awakening, and in this nightmare Stalin, the good father, creeps into the rooms where his children are sleeping with a knife in his hands.

ohyeahthatgirl Jenny Erpenbeck is such an amazing writer! It always feels so fresh and sharp. 2y
charl08 @ohyeahthatgirl I'm looking forward to reading more by her. 2y
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AnneCecilie
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Visited the bookstore today and came home with beauties.

One of my goals in January was to not buy any books and I actually made it *pat on the shoulder*
So naturally I had to visit the store the first day in a new month 😍

Kalalalatja Well, of course 😄😄 2y
AnneCecilie @Kalalalatja that is what I love about this community, probably one of the few places who understand how difficult that is 2y
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bookishunicorn
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So, there's a slight possibility that I may die before I actually get to read all of the books on my TBR pile.................... that's what I'm thinking about today at work.....while I'm supposed to be working 😊😁😋
#fridaymusings #happyfriday #books #tbrpile

Fernoppy My view is my TBR is a list of endless possibilities and hope, so the more possibilities the better 😊 2y
RadicalReader @bookishunicorn you have the best quote I have ever seen here on Litsy. You are now a Legend!! 2y
bookishunicorn @Fernoppy That's a great way to look at it 😊 2y
bookishunicorn @RadicalReader Well, I've certainly never been that before 😁 Thanks! 2y
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Canadian.Reads
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Quite a book! Loved the writing/translation of this talented author and translator. I got a little confused about 2/3 of the way through but the end tied it together in a beautiful way. Some of the passages were exquisite enough to re read three times.

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Abailliekaras
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Jeepers! Bleak, beautifully written story of a family in Germany, then onto hungry years in Vienna and revolutionary Russia (comrades denouncing each other) & to Berlin. There are multiple outcomes, circling around the idea that the day one's life ends is not the end of days. So the family moves through phases of history but death is ever-present. Exquisitely written, it is lyrical & uses intimate scenes to illuminate history. Too sad for me.

Abailliekaras I'm changing this to a pick because it's so beautiful and accomplished, I don't want to put people off reading it. But be warned, it starts sad and stays that way! 😥 2y
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Abailliekaras
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This is stunning but sad so far. I'm going to need wine... 😬🍷

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Abailliekaras
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Some old-fashioned #shoesoncovers #jubilantjuly

Cinfhen ❤️👢👞 2y
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Abailliekaras
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My daughter and I went to Waterstones today and ... #bookhaul part 1. 🙈 Some Spanish picks for our upcoming trip to Barcelona ... End of Days is for #LondonBookClub

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vivjm
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Current reading-in-the-bath book. You all have those, right?

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8little_paws
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I don't own any books that aren't in English, as English is my only language. But this book is originally published not in English! Haven't read it yet. #seasonsreadings2016 @RealLifeReading

Lacythebookworm I have this one, too! Sounds great, just need to read it!😊 3y
Libby1 Beautiful photo. 3y
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JenP
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I am so ashamed of my country today. Words can't even begin to describe how devastated I feel. May our children and the world forgive us

Eyelit Same. 💜 3y
britt_brooke 💔😞 3y
LiteraryinLititz I know. I'm going around work like a zombie. I don't understand how we got here. 3y
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Eyelit
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BekahB I have the same version of Beowulf. I love it's cover! 😀 3y
Hobbinol Great choices! 3y
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Expandingbookshelf
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"Many mornings...he will weep bitterly as he never has before, and still, as his nose runs and he swallows his own tears, he will ask himself whether these strange sounds and spasms are really all that humankind has been given to mourn with."

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lis_s
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"A day on which a life comes to an end is still far from being the end of days."