Book beginnings on Friday


Today’s book beginning is from a book I started some time ago. It is called “Visitation” in English, the original German title is “Heimsuchung” by Jenny Erpenbeck.

It is the story of a house and its various owners over the course of roughly hundred years.

No one in the village knows where he comes from.  Perhaps he was always here.

The German beginning goes like this:

Woher er gekommen ist, weiß im Dorf niemand. Vielleicht war er immer schon da.

“He” is the gardener who is taking care of the garden of the house throughout the book.

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to A few more pages!

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    • The title of the book is intriguing. “Heimsuchung” which is a word for “visitation” definitely has a negative connotation whereas, I think, Visitation doesn’t have that necessarily. The Spanish title is pretty bland in comparison, but at least it gives an idea what the book is about.


      • Thanks for the explaining. And, yes, I’m with you, the Spanish translation is very bland and I’d probably not looked the book without more information. 😉

        Anyway, I translated myself my BBF to English and, it’s surprising, but Google did a great translation… I know, it’s an incredible beginning, but they were talking about a billboard… where they have hung a pair of huge breasts xD
        Kasumi’s last post ..BBF #25 (Ella me vuelve loco)


  1. I love the idea of telling the history of the house through the different people that have lived there. Also, I really like that first line.


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