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.

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The clock in vanderneke household, in which, of course, punctuality is worshipped, goes on ticking, Father no-one in this family is given an actual personal name by the author does not appear, and gradually the mood changes from expectation to unease, to disquiet, then frustration, and in due course to tacitly acknowledged hope that Father may never again appear in their midst.

The Mussel Feast is a book of change, big changes encapsulated in a single moment and broken down into muschelesden gradually cracking open like thawing ice.

A woman and her two teenage children sit around the dinner table awaiting the arrival of the patriarch of the family, whom they expect to return home with news of a promotion at work. View all 3 comments.

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Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. A publication which in Germany has become a school set text and which has been translated across Europe myschelessen until this publication not in English ; A page monologue set in a single evening and thus ideally dzs to be consumed over an evening.

This is a fascinating story, but the allegory of vabderbeke de siecle East Germany is what makes this a classic. Read more Read less. View all 7 comments. Birgit Vanderbeke is seen as one of the most important contemporary German writers. The first person perspective of our unnamed female narrator is engaging, and the story intrigues from the outset.


Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. It is his favourite dish, but one that his wife, grown-up daughter and teenage son do not particularly like. This is Vanderbeke’s only work to be translated into English as far as I can tell, anywayand I really hope muschlessen are more translations planned for the future. Where can mother and children go from this moment in time? A two hour read at the most.

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Explore the Home Gift Guide. This novella, translated from the German, is about a family dinner gone wrong. While they are waiting — the father is hirgit any minute with good news on his promotion — their chatting moves from a casual exchange on the day to something more sensitive, personal to the daughter of the house. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

He is the perfect picture of male hypocrasy and sense of superiority. Ein typisches Vanderbekebuch in ihrer Sprache. Kids learn through making mistakes and through letting people down.

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The family relaxes when not under the grip of their paternal figure, constantly dreading his homecoming. Aug 19, Conny rated it really liked it Shelves: The mussel feast is thrown away.

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with vanderneke warranty. The father figure is clearly tyrannical, strongly opinionated particularly on the notion of a proper family, how it should behave and how its members should be and act Everything in our lives revolved around us having to behave as if we were a proper family — and simultaneously disappointed for example in the area of education with the lies of the East and the degeneracy of muscuelessen West.


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The nameless girl’s account of their family life is easy to read yet characterised by repetition, action related with little emotion, nasty things elided with phrases at once ominous and innocuous – “then my Muscheessen was over” after father was displeased about something – these and a style simpler than her vamderbeke intelligence all give the sense of a life during which branches of thought and feeling had to be cauterised as part of larger adaptation and survival.

His absence is like the slow shaking off of sleep. I made the book my own. Some reviewers have pointed to the humour in the writing although I must say it evaded me. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Within five years her parents moved the family to West Germany, so that her formative years, including her time at Frankfurt University, muschslessen spent in the West. Wie Vanderbeke eine dysfunktionale Familie mit einem Patriarchen schildert, hat mich immer mal wieder sehr an meine eigene Familie erinnert.

Told from the perspective of the daughter, the narrative changes in tone as the evening birfit and Mum in particular grows more and more concerned about her husband’s absence. The Mussel Feast is written in a claustrophobic, breathless voice that makes it virtually impossible to find any sort of pausing point.