Fiction, General Fiction
Paperback Published on: 11/04/2024
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Berlin affairs
“Home? Coca-Cola, she’s noticed is now on sale in the eastern half of Friedrichstrasse station, also in Pankow in the little store where she always shops, ... READ MORE
Well-deserved winner for the 2024 International Booker Prize
Erpenbeck interweaves the relationship of Katharina and Hans against the cultural, political climate of Germany in an elegant allegorical manner. The passi... READ MORE


Berlin. 11 July 1986. They meet by chance on a bus. She is a young student, he is older and married. Theirs is an intense and sudden attraction, fuelled by a shared passion for music and art, and heightened by the secrecy they must maintain. But when she strays for a single night he cannot forgive her and a dangerous crack forms between them, opening up a space for cruelty, punishment and the exertion of power. And the world around them is changing too: as the GDR begins to crumble, so too do all the old certainties and the old loyalties, ushering in a new era whose great gains also involve profound loss.

From a prize-winning German writer, this is the intimate and devastating story of the path of two lovers through the ruins of a relationship, set against the backdrop of a seismic period in European history.

  • Publisher: Granta Books
  • ISBN: 9781783786138
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Weight: 211g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 17 mm

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