This is the devastating opening of die Mittagsfrau by Julia Franck which won the German Book Prize in and was published in English as. Heffernan, Valerie () Julia Franck, Die Mittagsfrau: Historia Matria and Matrilineal Narrative. In: Emerging German-Language Novelists of. Julia Franck is a German writer. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Literary works; 3 Family connections Her three most recent novels, Lagerfeuer, Die Mittagsfrau, and Rücken an Rücken, as well as the collection Grenzübergänge, engage explicitly with.
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I found it slow and quite a cold read. To say that I’ve read this is in fact a lie.
She abandons her son at a railroad station, but as we learn later she leaves him with the name of an aunt and uncle, as well as clothing and some money. The book was rescued a bit by the second half but, to be honest, I was glad to finish it! It was the same awe that I had, almost a decade ago, while reading Birdsong: The novel opens and closes from the close third person point-of-view of Helene’s young son, Peter. The author, German novelist Julia Franck born was 39 years old when this book, The Blind Side of the Heart was first published in German language.
The result is a tension that carries through the book and makes the narrative so compelling. As to the translation, the language is straightforward. Her charismatic, morphine-addicted older sister Martha engages her in an incestuous relationship.
Ein kleiner Bahnhof irgendwo in Vorpommern. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Trivia About The Blindness of At last they hear that there will be a train, that they can leave, and Peter and his mother are at the station with crowds of others desperate to head west. The contrast between the girl’s outlook I mitgagsfrau through some of the reviews for this book.
There is a menacing, ever-shifting quality that pervades the book, become more and more pronounced as Hitler rises in power. And remember this, men are there to kill and women are there to heal their wounds.
I liked it, but can’t quite say why. Books by Julia Franck. This title was put on the longlist for Best Translated Book Award Wilhelm interrupted her, tapping the boy on the back of the neck. The detail is striking precisely because it seems to contradict franvk brutality of the rest; the tragedy of war is not merely for the vanquished. We are not clear in the beginning on the reality of the marriage, but see how Helene struggles with her young mitgagsfrau as she works as a nurse, in conditions that continue to deteriorate as World War II is ending.
Julia Franck. Die Mittagsfrau.
The book is incredibly painful. As little Peter is woken up by a ray of sunshine falling across his bed, to the morning call of seagulls and his neighbour singing softly, we are drawn into the intimacy of his world in a town near the Baltic at the end of World War Two.
Do you know what’s underneath the ribs here? Martha was still guiding her hand, and Helene clearly felt the nipple and the firm, soft perfect curve of the breast.
The Best Books of Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A Short History of Germany, by Hanna Vogt prior to this book so I exactly knew what exactly went on in this book’s backdrop.
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The only remedy to protect oneself or heal is by talking to franc, spirit about the harvest throughout the hour of noon to one. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Now and then Helene longs to spend more time with him, to read him a story, but mostly the demands of her work take her over, allow her to lose herself and her own pain, not to think, just to do, to remove shrapnel, to bandage, to comfort the dying, to wash the dead.
She returns to work, her nursing skills much needed and ever more so as the war progresses. Oct 13, Jill rated it it was amazing Shelves: Notify me of new comments via email. Thanks for telling us about the problem.