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In Times of Fading Light

Eugen Ruge

A sweeping story of one family over fifty years and four generations in East Germany.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571288571
Date Published
04.07.2013
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Summary

‘Already hailed as a Cold War classic.’ Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year

‘Utterly absorbing, funny and humane. A romp through a twisted century in the heart of Europe.’ Anna Funder, author of Stasiland

International bestseller and Winner of the German Book Prize

A sweeping story of one family over four generations in East Germany: the intertwining of love, life and politics under the GDR regime.

Critic Reviews

Already hailed as a Cold War classic.

Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

An ingenious examination of ordinary life in the GDR.

Sean O'Brien, TLS Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

Ruge's award-winning debut novel charts half a century of East German history through the story of appartchik Wilhelm Powileit. This family saga captures in rich detail the realities of daily life in the German Democratic Republic, and evokes a melancholy sense of houses, countries, political systems and people falling apart.

Ángel Gurría-Quintana, Financial Times Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

Utterly absorbing, funny and humane. A romp through a twisted century in the heart of Europe.

Anna Funder, author of STASILAND
Critic Reviews

Eugen Ruge's wonderful debut novel follows four generations of an East German family from 1952 to 2001 ... From start to finish, Ruge keeps the pages turning. His gift is to mesh the personal with the political, in an epic tale that alternately delights and instructs. It is not often that fiction of this quality comes along.

Ian Thomson, Sunday Telegraph
Critic Reviews

'A pulsing, vibrant, thrillingly alive work ... The scene of Alexander Umnitzer's final meeting with his father, Kurt, a once proud and pedantic historian who has lost much of his memory and power of speech, has a brutal honesty and an unsparing humor reminiscent of the best work of Jonathan Franzen ... the lingering sensation on finishing In Times of Fading Light is one not of despair but rather of triumph. You can see that from the ruins of the former Eastern bloc something has emerged with the power to survive and outlast the world from which it came: the art represented by Ruge's book, which has torn down the wall between Russian epic and the Great American Novel.'

New York Times
EugenRuge

Eugen Ruge was born in the Urals and studied mathematics in Berlin. Before leaving the GDR for the West in 1988 he was a writer, contributing to documentaries made at the state-owned DEFA Studios. Since 1989 he has been writing and translating for theatres and broadcasters, and periodically teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts. In Times of Fading…

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