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In times of fading light

Author: Eugen Ruge
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : Graywolf Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This expansive family saga, set against the backdrop of the collapse of East German communism, begins in September 2001 as Alexander Umnitzer, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, leaves behind his ailing father to fly to Mexico, where his grandparents lived as exiles in the 1940s. The novel then takes us both forward and back in time, creating a panoramic view of the family's history: from Alexander's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Historical fiction
Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eugen Ruge
ISBN: 9781555976439 1555976433
OCLC Number: 853604313
Description: 308 pages ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Eugen Ruge, Anthea Bell.

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This expansive family saga, set against the backdrop of the collapse of East German communism, begins in September 2001 as Alexander Umnitzer, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, leaves behind his ailing father to fly to Mexico, where his grandparents lived as exiles in the 1940s. The novel then takes us both forward and back in time, creating a panoramic view of the family's history: from Alexander's grandparents' return to the German Democratic Republic to build the socialist state, to his father's decade spent in a gulag for criticizing the Soviet regime, to his son's desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past. With wisdom, humor, and empathy, Eugen Ruge draws on his own family history as he brings to life the tragic intertwining of politics, love, and family under the East German regime. Originally published under the title In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts.

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