The Old Child and the Book of Words
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Old Child and the Book of Words by Jenny Erpenbeck
Book DescriptionA child is found standing on the street, with an empty bucket in her hand, and no memory of her name, her family or her past. Elsewhere, a girl grows up surrounded by familiar faces - a wet nurse, a piano teacher, a gardener, a best friend and a distant mother - but soon finds them slipping mysteriously from her life. In the company of these girls, we are compelled to tread the uncertain and spiky terrain of memory, where words are dropped like clues to reveal what has been hidden, forgotten or erased.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781846270581
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Imprint: Portobello Books Ltd
Publisher: Granta Books
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jenny Erpenbeck
End of Days, Paperback (March 2016)
Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for the best translated novel of 2014, now a New Directions paperback
Visitation, Paperback (July 2011)
The breakthrough novel from Germany's most acclaimed young writer. The story of a house outside Berlin, witness to the twentieth century's beauties and brutalities, to which many people come, all of them looking to find a home.
Book of Words, Paperback (November 2007)
A searing novella about coming of age in a land of tyranny, by one of Germany's most brilliant young authors.
Old Child, Hardback (December 2006)» View all books by Jenny Erpenbeck
When they found her, she was standing on the street with an empty bucket in one hand. When they asked her what she was called, where she lived, who her family was, her memory was a blank. So now, the girl has been deposited in an orphanage. Somewhere, beneath her watchful silence, the truth about her identity and her past lies hidden.
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Author Biography - Jenny Erpenbeck
JENNY ERPENBECK was born in East Berlin in 1967. She has worked on opera and musical productions and her fiction has been translated into 13 languages worldwide.
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