Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck

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Set during the decline of the German Democratic Republic, this intricate tale follows two former lovers grappling with a tumultuous relationship. Katharina, a nineteen-year-old, and Hans, a renowned novelist and radio personality, are initially infatuated with each other, but the disparities in their worldviews become increasingly apparent and their passionate affair--which runs  alongside the shifts in Germany's political climate--concludes with the reunification of East and West Germany. A skillful interweaving of personal and political, the novel is a poignant reflection on love and an analogue for the unfulfilled promises of national reunification.

Kairos By Jenny Erpenbeck, Michael Hofmann (Translated by) Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Michael Hofmann (Translated by)
ISBN: 9780811229340
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Published: New Directions - June 6th, 2023