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The Real Woman in the Real Cupboard

Benjamin Markovits: Jenny Erpenbeck, 30 June 2011

Visitation 
by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky.
Portobello, 176 pp., £7.99, July 2011, 978 1 84627 190 8
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... Germans on the other side of the Wall. Just because they are Germans, why should we welcome them? Jenny Erpenbeck’s new novel, Visitation, can be read as a response or a companion to Sebald’s The Emigrants. The German title makes this clearer: Heimsuchung, ‘looking for home’, ‘returning home’. Like Sebald, ...

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