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Member Book Club Discussion: Go, Went, Gone

October 14, 2019
5:30 pm

Jane Neidhardt, head of publications, and Holly Tasker, publications and communications assistant, will lead Museum members in a discussion on acclaimed author Jenny Erpenbeck's novel Go, Went, Gone. A 2018 New York Times Notable Book, the novel tells the story of a retired professor in Berlin whose life is transformed by a group of African refugees. Like the Ai Weiwei: Bare Life exhibition on view this fall, the novel calls attention to the humanity of refugees and displaced people in writing that has been described as "wonderful, elegant, and exhilirating, ferocious as well as virtuosic" (Deborah Eisenberg, The New York Review of Books).

Go, Went, Gone is available at local libraries. Participation is free, but registration is required. Participants will receive occasional emails over the summer with supplementary materials to get you thinking.

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Additional praise for Go, Went, Gone:

“The best novel to date about the migration refugee crisis, German novelist Jenny Erpenbeck’s Go, Went, Gone (New Directions) felt both urgent and tender, taking on depicting Europe on the brink of its next profound change―as seen through the eyes of a professor from Berlin’s former East, a man who knows something of what it means to lose one’s place in the world.” -- Megan O'Grady, Vogue

“Jenny Erpenbeck’s magnificent novel Go, Went, Gone (New Directions, translated from the German by Susan Bernofsky) is about ‘the central moral question of our time,’ and among its many virtues is that it is not only alive to the suffering of people who are very different from us but alive to the false consolations of telling ‘moving’ stories about people who are very different from us.” -- James Wood, The New Yorker