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Part memoir, part profile, Alexander Osang’s Almost Light is a moving, personal reckoning with the years surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Told over the course of several white nights on the Baltic and in St. Petersburg, Almost Light sets the author's memories of the East against those of an eccentric acquaintance, Uwe. As their stories diverge and intersect, Osang’s direct, perceptive storytelling captures the ambivalence, the euphoria and the confusion of that strange time— the sense of a brighter world always on the horizon, never quite within reach. Appealing to readers of Karl Ove Knausgård, Katherine Boo, and those interested in the line between reporter and subject, reality and memory. Author bio Alexander Osang, born in Berlin in 1962, studied in Leipzig and worked as Chief Reporter for the Berliner Zeitung after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1999, he has been working as a reporter for SPIEGEL, from New York for eight years and from Tel Aviv up until 2020. His reports have been awarded the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize and the Theodor Wolff Prize numerous times. Today he lives with his family in Berlin. His most recent novel, The Life of Elena Silber, was nominated for the German Book Prize. Translator bio Ruby Bilger was born in Brooklyn in 1996 and holds a BA from Yale University, where she studied creative writing and American History. She recently translated Norbert Sachser’s “Much Like Us,” which won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2023. For rights info contact: i.ihmels@aufbau-verlage.de The translator has obtained permission from the original rights holder to translate this sample and to share a recording of it on Translators Aloud.

Part memoir, part profile, Alexander Osang’s Almost Light is a moving, personal reckoning with the years surrounding the fall of the Berlin Wall. Told over the course of several white nights on the Baltic and in St. Petersburg, Almost Light sets the author's memories of the East against those of an eccentric acquaintance, Uwe. As their stories diverge and intersect, Osang’s direct, perceptive storytelling captures the ambivalence, the euphoria and the confusion of that strange time— the sense of a brighter world always on the horizon, never quite within reach.

Appealing to readers of Karl Ove Knausgård, Katherine Boo, and those interested in the line between reporter and subject, reality and memory.


Author bio
Alexander Osang, born in Berlin in 1962, studied in Leipzig and worked as Chief Reporter for the Berliner Zeitung after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Since 1999, he has been working as a reporter for SPIEGEL, from New York for eight years and from Tel Aviv up until 2020. His reports have been awarded the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize and the Theodor Wolff Prize numerous times. Today he lives with his family in Berlin. His most recent novel, The Life of Elena Silber, was nominated for the German Book Prize.

Translator bio
Ruby Bilger was born in Brooklyn in 1996 and holds a BA from Yale University, where she studied creative writing and American History. She recently translated Norbert Sachser’s “Much Like Us,” which won a Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2023.

For rights info contact: i.ihmels@aufbau-verlage.de


The translator has obtained permission from the original rights holder to translate this sample and to share a recording of it on Translators Aloud.

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Ruby Bilger reads from Alexander Osang's ALMOST LIGHT (seeking a publisher)

19 Jun, 2024 6:00 pm

Julia Sherwood, Katarína Kucbelová, and more translators read from THE BONNET (Seagull Books, 2024)

15 Jun, 2024 6:00 pm

Denise Kripper reads from Adriana Riva's SALT (Veliz Books)

12 Jun, 2024 6:00 pm



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