"In Times of Fading Light" is Eugen Ruge's debut novel, a story about the failure and downfall of an entire country: East Germany. Ruge tells East German history through the eyes of his own family.
An inter-generational family saga mirroring the rise and fall of the GDR, Eugen Ruge's autobiographical debut novel tells of an imagined East German utopia and the ultimate failure of communism.
Ruge tells DW why he thinks his novel "In Times of Fading Light" didn't come off to international readers as "German," despite being set in the German Democratic Republic. For him, global bestsellers are locally born.
The world's largest book fair served as the launching pad for DW's bilingual literature special project. "100 German Must-Reads" recommends and presents 100 remarkable German novels that can also be read in English.
Former GDR author Christa Wolf remains one of Germany's most famous authors. Her death in 2011 prompted condolences from around the world. Her birthday on March 18 is a day to recall her legacy.
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