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The Resource Anniversaries : from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl, Volume 2, Uwe Johnson ; translated by Damion Searls

Anniversaries : from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl, Volume 2, Uwe Johnson ; translated by Damion Searls

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Anniversaries : from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl, Volume 2
Title
Anniversaries
Title remainder
from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl
Title number
Volume 2
Statement of responsibility
Uwe Johnson ; translated by Damion Searls
Title variation
Anniversaries 2
Title variation remainder
April 1968 - August 1968
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
A landmark of 20th Century literature about New York in the late 1960s, now in English for the first time. As a novel, Uwe Johnson's masterpiece, Anniversaries, is at once daringly simple in conception and wonderfully complex and engaging in effect. Late in 1967, Johnson, already one of the most celebrated German novelists of his generation, set out to write a book that would take the form of an entry for every day of the year that lay ahead. The first section was dated August 20, and Johnson had of course no idea what the year would bring--that was part of the challenge--but he did have his main character--Gesine Cresspahl, a German emigre living on the Upper West Side of New York City and working as a translator for a bank who is the single mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Marie. The book would tell the story of a year in the life of this little family in relation to the unfolding story of the year, as winnowed from the pages of the New York Times, of which Gesine is a devoted if wary reader. These stories would in turn be overlayed by another--Gesine is 34, born just as Hitler was coming to power, and she has decided to tell Marie the story of her grandparents' lives and of her own rural childhood in Nazi Germany. It is important that Marie know where and what she comes from. The days of the year are also anniversaries of years past. The world that was and the world of the 1960s--with the struggle for civil rights leading to riots in American cities and, abroad, the escalating destruction of the Vietnam War--are, in the end, one world. Anniversaries was published in four volumes over the more than ten years that it took Johnson to write it, and as the volumes came out it became clear that this was one the great twentieth-century novels. The book courts comparison to Joyce's Ulysses, the book of a day, and to Proust's In Search of Lost Time, the book of a lifetime, but it stands apart in its dense polyphonic interplay of voices and stories. Anniversaries is many books--the book of a mother and daughter, of a family and its generations, of the country and the city, and of two times and two countries that seem farther apart perhaps than they are. It is a novel of private life, a political novel, and a new kind of historical novel, reckoning not only with past history but with history in the making. Monumental and intimate, sweeping in vision and full of incident, richly detailed and endlessly absorbing, Anniversaries, now for the first time available in English in a brilliant new translation by Damion Searls, is nothing short of a revelation
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Summary
Late in 1967, Uwe Johnson set out to write a book that would take the unusual form of a chapter for every day of the ongoing year. It would be the tale of Gesine Cresspahl, a thirty-four-year-old single mother who is a German émigré to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and of her ten-year-old daughter, Marie—a story of work and school, of friends and lovers and the countless small encounters with neighbors and strangers that make up big-city life
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Character
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10736849
Cataloging source
UOK
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1934-1984
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Johnson, Uwe
Dewey number
833.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 1934-1984
  • 1934-1984
  • 1934-1984
  • 1934-1984
  • 1934-1984
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Searls, Damion
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True
Series statement
New York Review Books classics
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  • German fiction
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Germany
Target audience
adult
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from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl
Label
Anniversaries : from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl, Volume 2, Uwe Johnson ; translated by Damion Searls
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part three. April 1968-June 1968 -- part four. June 1968-August 1968
Control code
000064485691
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
[787] pages, numbered 881-1668
Isbn
9781681372037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057269213
Label
Anniversaries : from a year in the life of Gesine Cresspahl, Volume 2, Uwe Johnson ; translated by Damion Searls
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part three. April 1968-June 1968 -- part four. June 1968-August 1968
Control code
000064485691
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
[787] pages, numbered 881-1668
Isbn
9781681372037
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1057269213

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