Go, Went, Gone by Jenny Erpenbeck
A man living in Berlin has just retired from academic life and has been widowed in recent years. Finding himself with a lot of time on his hands, and noticing a protest of African refugees taking place in his city’s square, he finds himself curious to learn the stories of these men. One by one, he asks them to simply tell him their stories, and they do. Naturally, the more he learns, the more he becomes involved in their lives. We too become wrapped up in their stories, and ultimately his.