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Women in Translation: Go Went Gone

Monday, May 20 2019
19:00 - 20:00
Book Club
location: Lighthouse Bookshop

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Come join us to discuss the throught-provoking and acclaimed novel, Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck.

“Go, Went, Gone” is the masterful new novel by the acclaimed German writer Jenny Erpenbeck, “one of the most significant German-language novelists of her generation” (The Millions).

The novel tells the tale of Richard, a retired classics professor who lives in Berlin. His wife has died, and he lives a routine existence until one day he spies some African refugees staging a hunger strike in Alexanderplatz. Curiosity turns to compassion and an inner transformation, as he visits their shelter, interviews them, and becomes embroiled in their harrowing fates. “Go, Went, Gone” is a scathing indictment of Western policy toward the European refugee crisis, but also a touching portrait of a man who finds he has more in common with the Africans than he realises.

Exquisitely translated by Susan Bernofsky, “Go, Went, Gone” addresses one of the most pivotal issues of our time, facing it head-on in a voice that is both nostalgic and frightening.


The book club will be pretty informal in general. Like our other book clubs, Women in Translation will provide a free, friendly and gentle environment in which opinions can be shared and new appreciations discovered. There will be wine, curious minds and relaxed conversation. So come and join our warm bookish group – all are welcome.

(Readers don’t have to buy the bookclub book from the shop, however we do rely on those book sales to be able to keep the event & refreshments free; to pay our booksellers for their time prepping & running book clubs and to keep the lights on. Please do NOT buy your books from am*z*on, if you cannot afford to buy the book then PLEASE support your local library.)


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