Walking, went, gone by Jenny Erpenbeck – review
A bored retired professor mingles with asylum seekers: Jenny Erpenbeck’s new novel ” Go, went, gone ” wants the refugee debate represented as informative grotesque, but only serves affluent citizen – cliches.
At the very first pages it becomes clear that the protagonist is also the main problem of this novel. Richard, a professor emeritus, bored seitenlang at his home on the lake. Reminisces, admired his elegant way to cut onions, and ashamed halfheartedly when news movies,’ that he eats supper, while he sees on the screen totgeschossene people.’
The hunger strikers refugees takes Richard not true, as he strolls through the Alexanderplatz in Berlin, after he has but read in the newspaper of them, he returns:’ talk about what time actually is, can he is probably best with those who have fallen out of it.’
The bored pensioner painted decoration with notebook and pen and asked the fugitives after their story:’ If you’re lucky, you’ll hit if you are unlucky, you’ll shot… Then they removed the SIM card from the phone and shattered before our eyes, then the memory card… Broke the memory, says Awad. The memory shattered… who tried to swim back, will be shot. We did not know where the boat is… We have bitten into an empty plastic bottle with his teeth a larger opening, then tied a few laces out of our shoes, attached the bottle, let down, and scooped the seawater. You have to drink so… The dead were thrown into the sea.’
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The more insight Richard gets into the world of refugees, from their everyday life every matter of course is tilted, the more active it is: During the day, he supplied the refugees with clothes and food, and accompanied them to pending authority appointments, evenings, he works himself, increasingly bewildered by the European paragraph jungle:’ It is in this Not to clarify Regulation whether these men are war victims. Responsible for the content of their history is the only country in which they entered for the first time on European soil. Only there they may ask for asylum, nowhere else… With Dublin II has every European country that has no Mediterranean coast, paid for the right to have the refugees who come across the Mediterranean are not listening. A so-called asylum fraudsters is so even someone who tells a true story where you do not have to listen.’
Bureaucratic obstacle course
‘ Go, went gone’ makes in his documentary passages an important contribution to refugee debate. Jenny Erpenbeck told in her seventh book of the grotesque, which means that if a country with tens of thousands of unfilled apprenticeships and skills shortage makes it almost impossible asylum seekers to look for work.
It illuminates the bureaucratic obstacle course, must complete the refugees, a matrix of requirements and regulations, which are difficult to understand even for native speakers, for asylum-seekers, especially those who do not yet have the new language powerful, purring the confused legal situation to a big’no’ together, which negates their need for protection and their individuality.
Whenever Erpenbeck the voices of the people leaves room who have lost everything is’ going, went, gone’ to the haunting, the relevant reading. Unfortunately, Richard commented permanently the stories of the refugees and tried to apply them to his home-style food and readers world: Even Blanscheflur died at Tristan’s birth, stated the professor emeritus, as an orphaned refugee told him his story. Mozart’s Tamino also been tested and it held, move muses Richard, Goethe’s Iphigenie was ultimately emigrant in Taurus – the idea that between emigration and fleeing a difference could exist, comes Erpenbeck protagonist not
Instead. he asks himself:’ if any of the men was ever here at the Bode Museum?’ and gives them new names ( among others’ Tristan’,’ Apollo’ and’ black moon of Wismar’ ), because it can so badly African memorize.
Richard remains until recently arrested in colonial thought patterns, referred to the refugees as’ stranger’ or’ black-skinned’. He sits down, talked to Kant, not from a moral obligation with the fugitives apart, but because he benefited from it. Because he in severely traumatized people ultimately only – as well as the publisher puts it -‘ answers to his questions’ searches.
The new book of the award-winning success writer (‘ Visitation’ ) shows how bad it is with the political literature in Germany. Instead of facing the stories of fugitives to the fore, is’ Go, went, gone’ dominated by an affluent citizen who cosmopolitan and enlightened feels and not notice their own, permeated by resentment ignorance. Erpenbeck’s novel is a classic press titles, attributed to feature articles and price juries, in other words, attributed to readers who will find themselves in Richard.
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Go went gone
Albrecht Knaus Verlag, 352 pages, 19.99 euros.
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