The Book of Words

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New Directions Publishing, 2007 - Fiction - 93 pages
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A searing novella about coming of age in a land of tyranny, by one of Germany's most brilliant young authors.
In "The Book of Words," Jenny Erpenbeck captures with amazing virtuosity the inner life of a young girl who survives the totalitarian regime of a curiously unnamed South American country (most likely Argentina during it "dirty war"). Raised by parents whose real identity ends up shocking her, the girl comes of age in a country where gunshots are mistaken for blown tires, innocent citizens are dragged off buses, and tortured and disappeared friends and family return to visit her from the dead.

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User Review  - Cassandra2020 - LibraryThing

The Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck - Good I read this too soon after Visitation, but it was there in the library when I returned the first one and I thought 'why not?' Well, the reason is that ... Read full review

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User Review  - cat-ballou - LibraryThing

Now, part of my dislike for this novel could very well be because it's taken me forever-and-a-half to read the thing. It's, like, less than a hundred pages long. There was some nice syntax (you know I ... Read full review

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Susan Bernofsky is the acclaimed translator of Hermann Hesse, Robert Walser, and Jenny Erpenbeck, and the recipient of many awards, including the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize and the Hermann Hesse Translation Prize. She teaches literary translation at Columbia University and lives in New York.

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