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A forested property on a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin lies at the heart of this darkly sensual, elegiac novel. Encompassing over one hundred years of German history, from the nineteenth century to the Weimar Republic, from World War II to the Socialist German Democratic Republic, and finally reunification and its aftermath, Visitation offers the life stories of twelve individuals who seek to make their home in this one magical little house. The novel breaks into the everyday life of the house and shimmers through it, while relating the passions and fates of its inhabitants. Elegant and poetic, Visitation forms a literary mosaic of the last century, tearing open wounds and offering moments of reconciliation, with its drama and its exquisite evocation of a landscape no political upheaval can truly change.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Pub., c2010
Edition: 1st American pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780811218351
Branch Call Number: ERPE
Characteristics: 151 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernofsky, Susan


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Jun 26, 2016

An interesting way to present the history of the 20ieth century through the inhabitants of a special house on a lake. The gardener, who appears between chapters, provides continuity with the natural surroundings. A thought-provoking book about the concept of home, among other ideas.

Aug 01, 2015

This is a wonderful, mesmerizing novel, walking through a century of German history, from the time a house is built around 1900 on the outskirts of Berlin, to its demolition, sometime after reunification. Houses and lands change hands. For every victim, there is someone not far off who makes a nice little profit. If you need a breathless plot, this is not for you. If you are inclined to think and meditate upon history and what man has done to man, you may find this a rewarding read.

Jun 09, 2015

The passage of time is told through a house and those who have lived there. A slim novel, translated from German, it is an evocative read.

Feb 12, 2015

The most off the wall book I ever read. The author just wrote any which way that makes no sense at all. A foggy dream written under the influence of some powerful drug. No value at all but for some lame poetic reason.

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