Jenny Erpenbeck. Gehen, ging, gegangen. (2015).
Wrapping a very live political issue in the book makes it more polemic and sentimental than Heimsuchung, and less realized as a novel; that said, it's still really good, since it's Erpenbeck.
Texts and images copyright (C) 2013 Paul Kerschen. Layout adapted from the Single A Tumblr theme by businessbullpen. The Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) has zygodactylic feet, leaving X-shaped tracks with ambiguous direction. The Pueblo and Hopi used the X symbol to mislead evil spirits. Border folklore in the early twentieth century held that a roadrunner would lead a lost traveler back to his path. In Mexico the roadrunner is known as paisano, countryman.