In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge
A Novel

82%

6 Critic Reviews

By dramatising in consecutive chapters events that take place decades apart, Ruge achieves a saga span while avoiding the saga sloth often displayed by chronological treatments...
-Guardian

Synopsis

An enthrallingly expansive family saga set against the backdrop of the collapse of East German communism, from a major new international voice
* Over 450,000 copies sold in Germany alone * Rights sold in 20 countries * Winner of the German Book Prize * A PW "First Fiction" pick *

In Times of Fading Light 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 GDR 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 great empathy, Eugen Ruge draws on his own family history as he masterfully brings to life the tragic intertwining of politics, love, and family under the East German regime.

 

About Eugen Ruge

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Eugen Ruge won the 2011 German Book Prize for In Times of Fading Light, his debut novel, which became a bestseller in Germany and has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Berlin, Germany. Anthea Bell is a prizewinning translator.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Graywolf Press. 344 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for In Times of Fading Light
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NY Times

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Reviewed by Adam Langer on Aug 13 2013

Mr. Ruge’s novel is a pulsing, vibrant, thrillingly alive work, full of formal inventiveness, remarkable empathy and, above all, mordant and insightful wit.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Leo Robson on Jul 05 2013

By dramatising in consecutive chapters events that take place decades apart, Ruge achieves a saga span while avoiding the saga sloth often displayed by chronological treatments...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Leo Robson on Jul 05 2013

By dramatising in consecutive chapters events that take place decades apart, Ruge achieves a saga span while avoiding the saga sloth often displayed by chronological treatments, but he refrains from exploiting the potential narrative benefits...

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Financial Times

Good
Reviewed by Frederick Studemann on Jul 12 2013

His prose style may not be the most beautiful but the story he tells convinces, vividly evoking that brave new world for which life, as Gorbachev foresaw, had other plans.

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Star Tribune

Excellent
Reviewed by Malcolm Forbes on Jun 09 2013

...a shrewd and very knowing novel, slippery with the truth and packed tight with compressed tension, and written by a talented new voice.

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Reviewed by Book Browse on Sep 01 2013

With wisdom, humor, and great empathy, Eugen Ruge draws on his own family history as he masterfully brings to life the tragic intertwining of politics, love, and family under the East German regime.

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