August Meeting

In Times Of Fading LightFor our book club meeting on Wed 21 August, we read In Times Of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge.

Jacket Synopsis:
In 2001 Alexander Umnitzer leaves behind his ailing father to fly to Mexico, where his grandparents lived as exiles in the 1940s. The novel then takes us both forward and back in time, creating a panoramic view of the family’s history: from Alexander’s grandparents’ return to the GDR to build the socialist state, to his father’s decade spent in a Gulag, to his son’s desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past.

With wisdom, humour and great empathy, and drawing on his own family history, Eugen Ruge majestically traces the stories of both this particular family and the GDR, while exploring the tragic intertwining of politics, love and family under the East German regime.