The End of DaysBook - 2014
Consists essentially of five "books," each of which leads to a different death for an unnamed woman protagonist. How could it all have gone differently, the narrator asks in the intermezzos between. The first chapter begins with the death of a baby in the early twentieth-century Hapsburg Empire. In the next chapter, the same girl grows up in Vienna, but her strange relationship with a boy leads to another death. In the next scenario, she survives adolescence and moves to Russia with her husband. Both are dedicated Communists, but our heroine is sent to a labor camp. She is spared in the next chapter with the help of someone's intervention and returns to Berlin to become a respected writer.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Books, 2014
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 21 cm