Faber & Faber - In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge (Extract 2 of 2)
In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge (Extract 2 of 2)
In Times of Fading Light begins in 2001 as Alexander Umnitzer, who has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer, 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 for criticising the Soviet regime to his son's desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past. To accompany Eugen's interview for the Faber Podcast, here is the second of two readings from the book.