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Jenny Erpenbeck at Coolidge Corner Public Library

German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel, Go, Went, Gone, addresses the pressing refugee crisis and its effect not only on those fleeing their home countries but on the residents of their new nations as well. Retired professor Richard leads a peaceful existence in Germany, eating open-faced sandwiches and rereading the Odyssey. Once a group of African refugees on a hunger strike interrupts his routine in Berlin, he delves into their world through interviews and visits to the shelter where they live. The encounters allow Erpenbeck to contrast Richard’s banal life with the refugees’ instability. Come together at the Coolidge Corner branch of the Public Library of Brookline, where Brookline Booksmith hosts the author on March 6. / Cathryn Haight

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Coolidge Corner Public Library

31 Pleasant Street
Brookline, MA 02446 United States

7 pm
(617) 730-2380

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