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When the Berlin Wall came down a new prosperity came into the lives of all East Germans, including the protagonist of Jenny Erpenbeck's Go, Went, Gone. But since this new prosperity couldn't be attributed to the East Germans' personal merit, by the same token the reduced prospects of African refugees in Berlin could not be blamed on them.  The refugees in question have made their way from war torn countries on the African continent to Italy and then to Berlin, where a German retiree finds himself caught up in their lives. This novel opens up more questions than it answers, but they are vital questions to contemplate.  This is a lucid, intelligent and deeply moving novel.

 

 

Go, Went, Gone Cover Image
By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780811225946
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Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - September 26th, 2017

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In 1940 Nazi occupied France, Varian Fry spearheaded a rescue operation which involved obtaining visas and finding safe passage to the United States for an estimated 3000 imperiled artists. In Orringer’s new book which has been ten years in the making, we meet such figures as Hannah Arendt, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst and Andre Breton.  But with the invention of  the fictional character Elliott Grant,  she manages to pose further provocative questions about race, sexual preference and artistic accomplishment and the roles they play in who and what is deemed worth opportunity and survival.  This novel is an extraordinary tour de force and has been well worth the wait. 

 

 

The Flight Portfolio: A novel Cover Image
$28.95
ISBN: 9780307959409
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

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Who knew the beech was such a complex and controversial tree!  This book is an homage to the beech tree - to its spirit, its root system, its meaning for poets, for photographer Denny Moers and mostly for poet C.D. Wright.  Published after the death of C.D. Wright, it is a beautiful object to hold in your hands and its looseness of form - poetry crossed with field notes anecdotes and annotations  - makes it something to browse or to ponder or to lose yourself inside. As Ben Lerner says in the introduction, "It is both C.D.'s book and a loving tribute to her. To her strength and receptivity.”

Casting Deep Shade: An Amble Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9781556595486
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 12th, 2019

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