Das Muschelessen. Großdruck. [Birgit Vanderbeke] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Weil der Vater sich verspaetet, kommen seine Frau . Das Muschelessen (German Edition) – Kindle edition by Birgit Vanderbeke. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Birgit Vanderbeke was born in in Dahme/Brandenburg, at that time part of on the literary map was Das Muschelessen (the English translation by Jamie.
|Published (Last):||4 November 2017|
|PDF File Size:||3.9 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||11.18 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
A little gem of women’s emancipation from tyranny. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
She did move to Berlin but upon marriage and motherhood she and her husband decided to relocate to southern France since she was unwilling to bring up their child in Germany. Das Mussel Fest was Vanderbeke’s debut fiction work, which immediately won her the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in This ogre, a self-appointed know-all, has considered it his sacred duty to educate and improve his family by swamping them with an abundance of facts, historical and societal, partly in order to impress by his superior knowledge and partly in order to help them to adapt to life in West Germany with its different rules compared to the eastern part of the, at the time, divided nation.
The division of East and West Berlin permeates the novel, even if it is rarely directly addressed. This nouveau riche friend of mine was allowed to eat ice cream from the ice-cream van, as much and as often as she wanted, and ice cream from the ice-cream van was not cultured.
The first person perspective of our unnamed female narrator is engaging, and the story intrigues from the outset. It’s a shame Muschekessen Mussel Feast wasn’t translated earlier as it would have been of great interest in the early 90s when the political events were still fresh in everyone’s minds. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: This is an admirable book, memorable and rewarding, but not true to Peirene Press editor’s optimistic description of “hilarious.
Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. It was neither a sign nor a coincidence that we were going to have mussels that evening ….
Peirene Press are making waves in the publishing industry and, like me, many look forward to the European gems which they publish in English — often for the first time — every year.
And instead of drawing everyone together, he has splintered his family apart by his funny notions and cruel ways. The daughter’s heartfelt, rambling train of thought is childish in its awakening and adult in its realisations.
The daughter’s humour, courage and unrelenting resistance is uplifting all through the book. The whole family keeps waiting for him to come home. The reader is not told at the end of the story what has prevented Father from returning home as muschelrssen, in line with the firm decision of the rest of the family to consign him, despite the eventually heard, but unanswered, prolonged telephone ringing tones, to oblivion, like the dustbin the discarded mussels end up in.
Buy for others
Showing of 2 reviews. The sound drove him round the bend. Every novel is out there looking for its ideal reader. The reading experience is however marred by the writing — a stream-of-consciousness narrative that is very circular and repetitive in style. The family — mother, daughter and son — sit at the vnaderbeke table waiting for the father to join them in sharing a mussel feast. Set up a giveaway. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.
And as his wife and children await him, a growing picture vanderbele the idealist who wanted the perfect family and the top job begins to look more and more like a monster. Written in German in just after the Berlin wall came down and, one senses that the family are moving towards rebellion and the final ousting of the oppressor that parallels the end of communism in East Germany.
,uschelessen times, especially in the earlier parts, lighthearted, muschlessen astute observations and a sense of irony enliven the daughter’s musings. This is Vanderbeke’s only work to be translated into English as far as I can tell, anywayand I really hope there are more translations planned for the future. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. It is an incredible piece of literature in both its power and its story — rich, dark, engaging and elegant in its telling.
The absence of s cultural references must relate to this – the writer is about 15 years older than the narrator – but this does give a sense of claustrophobia and being cut off that suits the subject. He does not appear at six o’clock, which is surprising given his usual promptness and rigidity, and instead of eating the sumptuous meal vanderbkee three of them wait anxiously for his arrival.
Das Muschelessen: Birgit Vanderbeke: : Books
With unique style and subtle humour Birgit Vanderbeke paints a hilarious and yet sad and hair-raising picture of a small East German family. Open Preview See a Problem? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Has he been in an accident? An unnamed woman and her teenaged son and daughter have prepared a feast of moules-frites mussels with I don’t know what would have happened if we’d been able to eat at six o’clock as usual.
Share your thoughts with other customers.