Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja

Given the prevalence of DNA testing to find out one's ethnic heritage, which I find bizarre by the way, many people will enjoy reading Katja Petrowskaja's story about the search for her family history. When you are searching in the killing fields of Europe, in what Professor Tim Snyder calls the 'bloodlands', the search is … Continue reading Maybe Esther: A Family Story by Katja Petrowskaja

Go Went Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck translated by Susan Bernofsky

Originally published in German in 2015,¬†Erpenbeck's latest novel was published in English in 2017. Given the major refugee and asylum crisis in Europe of 2014, in particular, this book's publication in German was timely. Unfortunately by the time of its English publication 2017 and wider distribution in 2018 it was still vital and contemporary. If … Continue reading Go Went Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck translated by Susan Bernofsky