River Featured in The New Yorker


The New Yorker reviews Esther Kinsky’s River, translated from the German by Iain Galbraith, in its October 15 issue:

As she prepares to move, an unnamed German woman explores the River Lea and its surrounding territory, East London’s borderlands. “I made a home for myself by walking,” she says in this magnificent novel. Little happens, aside from this walking, but through serene, precise observations, the narrator’s world is transformed.

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Reflection mingles with memories—of a childhood by the Rhine, a sojourn by the St. Lawrence River, a trip down the Ganges. As with the work of W. G. Sebald, Kinsky constructs the past through landscapes: for the woman, a river is a “water-script of histories.”

Read an excerpt from River at Literary Hub.