Jenny Erpenbeck’s masterful new novel Go, Went, Gone explores the sometimes fraught and always complex relationship between a retired classics professor and a group of African asylum seekers in Berlin. The Guardian praises Jenny as “Europe’s outstanding literary seer” while The New Yorker likens her to J.M. Coetzee and V.S. Naipaul. She joins Michelle de Kretser to discuss her powerful response to the refugee crisis and explore some of the questions it raises about race, immigration and identity.

Supported by the Goethe-Institut.

Events in Bay 17 at Carriageworks are closed-captioned. 

Jenny Erpenbeck (International)

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Jenny Erpenbeck is the bestselling author of The Old Child & The Book of Words, Visitation and The End of Days, which won the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and Go, Went, Gone, which was longlisted for the International Man Booker Prize. The New Yorker's James Wood has praised her “classical restraint”, comparing her to JM Coetzee, VS Naipul and Teju Cole. The Guardian says, “reading Erpenbeck always produces a shiver of metaphysical vertigo. Her wisdom feels uncannily ancient...shot through with an insight that almost blinds.” Her fiction is published in 27 languages.

Michelle de Kretser (Australian)

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Michelle de Kretser was born in Sri Lanka and lives in Australia. Her fiction has won several awards, including the Miles Franklin. Her most recent novel is The Life to Come. Her monograph On Shirley Hazzard will be published in 2019.