A collection of one hundred inter-linked stories celebrating the twentieth century, by Germany's most eminent contemporary writer.
As the sequence of stories unfolds, a lively and rich picture emerges, an historical portrait of our century in all its grandeur and in all its horror.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 22/04/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571203123
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Review by freelancer_frank
This is a book about the individual in and through time. It is a staggering technical achievement. Each year is represented as a beautiful Flash piece, with an authentic voice, layered themes, a pertinent subject (such as technology, social events, politics, sport) and a strong story. The cumulative impact of the approach is to demonstrate time both from the perspective of the situated individual and the omniscient god simultaneously. As time passes, the nature of this book changes. Reading it will differ depending on when it is read and on when the reader was born. An extraordinary work of art.