Go, Went, Gone

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Retired univeristy professor Richard steps into the streets of his city, Berlin. Here, on Alexanderplatz, he discovers a new community – a tent city, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly, getting to know the new arrivals, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us.

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‘Vital… [Erpenbeck] is asking a compelling and timely question’ Sally Rooney, Irish Times Richard has spent his life as a university professor, immersed in the world of books and ideas. Recently retired, he steps into the streets of his city, Berlin, and discovers a new community. A tent city has grown up on Oranienplatz, established by African asylum seekers. Hesitantly getting to know the people there, Richard finds his life changing, as he begins to question his own sense of belonging in a city that once divided its citizens into them and us. At once a passionate contribution to the debate on race, and a beautifully written examination of an ageing man’s quest for meaning, Go, Went, Gone showcases one of the great contemporary European novelists at the height of her powers. ‘Profound, beautiful and deeply affecting… [An] extraordinary novel, bearing unflinching testament to history as it unfolds’ Neel Mukherjee, New Statesman ‘One of Europe’s most highly regarded writers… Erpenbeck’s most significant work to date’ Financial Times

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Weight 0.214 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm
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