The Book of Words (Paperback)

By Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky (Translator)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811217064, 93pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 2007



A searing novella about coming of age in a land of tyranny, by one of Germany's most brilliant young authors.
In "The Book of Words," Jenny Erpenbeck captures with amazing virtuosity the inner life of a young girl who survives the totalitarian regime of a curiously unnamed South American country (most likely Argentina during it "dirty war"). Raised by parents whose real identity ends up shocking her, the girl comes of age in a country where gunshots are mistaken for blown tires, innocent citizens are dragged off buses, and tortured and disappeared friends and family return to visit her from the dead.