For his novella Sojourn, Amit Chaudhuri has picked on a theme of the fate of Berlin and the sometimes overwhelming power of a city over those who visit it. As a visiting lecturer, the anonymous narrator captures brief encounters with the eclectic life of the city, becoming dramatically aware of the geography and history that shapes his visit and its visitors. The novel’s aims are worthy, but its short length and, more importantly, a lack of definition in description, mean it doesn’t leave a mark on the imagination.
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