From the years of exile until the revolutionary 1989 and up to the present day stretches this varied story of a German family. The reader travels from Mexico to Siberia and from there to the recently established GDR, over summits and abysses of the 20th century. Thus Ruge creates a wide panorama, a great German novel that makes the history alive through the story of a family.
The novel In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts. Roman einer Familie (title of the English translation: In Times of Fading Light) by Eugen Ruge has been translated to Romanian (excerpt) by Oana-Nora Căpățână under the title Vremea luminii care păleşte. Romanul unei familii, published by Curtea Veche, Bucharest.