EUGEN RUGE: IN TIMES OF FADING LIGHT (In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts)
The discussion in English will be moderated by Patrick Fortmann, Professor of Germanic Studies at UIC
The European Book Club (organized by the Goethe-Institut Chicago and EUNIC Chicago) meets regularly for a book discussion of a bestselling novel in English translation. Guests who would like to attend, should read the book in advance and come prepared to participate in the discussion.
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.
was born in the Urals, studied mathematics in Berlin, and became a member of the research staff at the Central Institute for Geophysics in Potsdam. He was honored with the Alfred Döblin Prize in 2009 for his then still unpublished first work of prose, In Times of Fading Light, which won the German Book Prize in 2011, was a best seller in Germany, and has been translated into fifteen languages.
The book has been translated by Anthea Bell
, a freelance translator from German and French. She has won a number of translation awards in the United Kingdom and the United States, among them the 2002 Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize.
In Times of Fading Light is available in bookstores in the translation by Anthea Bell.
• ISBN-10: 0307277399 • ISBN-13: 978-0307277398
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