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In Times of Fading Light begins in September 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 criticizing the Soviet regime, to his son’s desire to leave the political struggles of the twentieth century in the past.  

With wisdom, humor, and great empathy, Eugen Ruge draws on his own family history as he masterfully brings to life the tragic intertwining of politics, love, and family under the East German regime.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There isn’t any nostalgia here, just a deeply plaintive examination of personal and political tragedy.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “[An] evocative family chronicle…full-bodied storytelling with an enlightening sense of modern history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Ruge takes full advantage of the varying viewpoints to display, impressively, the density of family life.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A haunting and eye-opening book.”

    Joan Silber, author of Ideas of Heaven and Fools

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About the Author

Eugen Ruge won the 2011 German Book Prize for In Times of Fading Light, his debut novel, which became a bestseller in Germany and has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in Berlin, Germany.