Uwe Johnson’s Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl is a masterpiece of world literature. Originally published in four parts (1970, 1971, 1973, 1983), NYRB Classics recently published Damion Searls’ new translation in two volumes, with a page count totaling 1,668. This was a major publishing event. If you haven’t read it, it’s not intimidating if you take it day-by-day, as it is structured. The book contains one entry for every day spanning August 21, 1967 to August 20, 1968.
Please join me as I read it again. From August 21, 2019 to August 20, 2020 there will be weekly posts (linked to below as they happen) that will give us a place to share our thoughts about the days. We’ll get to know Gesine and her daughter, Marie, as they live through the hours, days, weeks, and months of that year fifty years ago, and watch as Johnson explores, in a significant year, in a significant century, how we are created by the flow of time, whether it pushes us forward or pulls us back, whether it’s turbulent or pacific.