Publisher description for In times of fading light : the story of a family / Eugen Ruge ; translated from the German by Anthea Bell.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Families -- Germany (East) -- Fiction.
Families -- Germany -- Fiction.
Germany (East) -- History -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1945-1990 -- Fiction.
Germany -- History -- 1990- -- Fiction.