Haunting Memories and Fractured Identities
Two strikingly new voices came to JBW 2011, original and poetic, revisit the themes of loss and belonging, nourished by their own experiences. In Jenny Erbenbeck’s haunting novel, Visitation the inhabitants of a house by a lake are displaced by history, one family after the other. Julya Rabinovich’s Splithead traces the story of a young girl is taken on a plane from Leningrad, without knowing that she is leaving the country for good. We discovered how beautiful writing is borne from the pain of a heavy history.
Jenny Erpenbeck is a prize-winning German author whose previous novels include The Old Child and The Book of Words. Visitation is her latest work of fiction.
Julya Rabinovich – author, painter and interpreter – won the 2009 Rauris Literature Award for her debut novel, Splithead
Henrietta Foster is a freelance producer and director, working regularly with Newsnight. She has made TV documentaries for the BBC and worked with New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage.
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