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Kairos by Jenny Erpenbeck wins the International Booker prize – a chaotic love at the end of times

By Edward Sugden, Senior Lecturer in American Studies, King's College London
German writer Jenny Erpenbeck and translator Michael Hofmann have won the International Booker prize for the novel Kairos.

In relentless, unflinching present tense sentences, punched on to the page, it explores the extent to which human hearts might rise above history. The book finds only fleeting and quickly crushed spaces for love to transcend all, however, as it plunges…The Conversation

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