Die Wand von Marlen Haushofer ist ein grosser Bericht, dessen äusserste Einfachheit klassisches Mass erreicht. Man kann ihn einreihen unter die Meisterwerke. The Wall | Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside | ISBN: | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Die Wand (German Edition) [Marlen Haushofer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Rare Book.

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The pair soon encounter an invisible wall, separating them from the world outside. Beyond the wall is a man, frozen mid-motion; all is still.

The narrator quickly establishes the limits of her new, walled world, a sizeable area that is partially forested and occupied by a variety of animals. The wall of the title is never explained. But they never come and their existence is by no means certain. Indeed, a great deal of the power of this unnerving and moving novel arises from its painstaking attention to detail. This meticulousness encourages a strong and instructive identification with the narrating consciousness at its heart.

The heroine of The Wall is a female Robinson Crusoe, learning to live as best she can amidst nature.

She must ensure her own survival and that of her companions: Luchs the dog; a nameless cat who later bears kittens; and Bella, a cow found nearby. She learns to cultivate vegetables, to hunt, to milk Bella, and to prepare and preserve meat. She must provide shelter and food for Bella, engaging in heavy physical labour as she carries out such tasks.


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The novel offers a far-reaching and profound examination of what it means to be human. Her femininity is revealed as an artifice.

What matter in her world are survival, continuity, occasional creature comforts. The companionship of animals is of profound importance here. All the animals are sharply evoked, acting as major characters: Luchs, in particular, is a powerful, touching presence; his demise during the shocking climax proves devastating.

Why does she write? This message-in-a-bottle demands an active engagement with some of the most pressing issues of our age: The Wall was critically wznd upon publication, winning the Arthur Schnitzler Prize. But it did not attract widespread attention until a new edition was published inwhen its concerns seemed fresh and pertinent.

Renewed interest is assured by the film that is currently under production, with the principal role filled by German actress Martina Gedeck, best known for her starring role in Oscar-winning The Lives of Others.

Its resourceful heroine, who attempts not to master nature but rather to live within it, offers a powerful and provocative model for our times.


Marlen Haushofer: Die Wand (The Wall) – The Modern Novel

Emily Jeremiah is a lecturer in German at Royal Holloway, University of London, and eand award-winning translator of poetry. She lives in London. Marlen Haushofer was born in Frauenstein in Austria in She studied German naushofer Vienna and Graz, subsequently settling in Steyr. In she married Manfred Haushofer, a dentist. She later divorced then remarried her husband, and had two sons. Haushofer published her wanr novel, A Handful of Lifein InWe Murder Stella was published. The Wall came out inand The Lofther final novel, appeared in Haushofer received the Grand Austrian State Prize for literature in She died of cancer in Vienna in Translation rights available from: In Ullstein was expropriated by the Nazis.

In the house reopened in Frankfurt and seven years later it was sold to the publishing group Axel Springer. German Book Prize Information and Contacts Austrian Publishers.