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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Her actions in the forest foreshadow what is to come. To view it, click here. Neither parent considers education important for a girl tranck Helene, though very bright, is not allowed to study. Doch egal wie schwer die beschriebenen Schicksale – selbst in dieser Geschichte oder vielleicht gerade in dieser Geschichte – wird wieder einmal bewusst wie kompromisslos grausam jede Form von -Ismus ist.

mittagstrau In the devastating opening scene, a woman named Helene stands with her seven-year-old son in a provincial German railway station inamid the chaos of civilians fleeing west. This is a serious juulia with complex themes and messages.

There is such a sense of loss and detachment that runs through the whole book. Der stille Ozean Gerhard Roth. This is a sinister read that doesn’t shy away from taboo topics and as a matter of fact, addresses those topics in a way rarely done before and is a literary novel that deserves attention from all readers. 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.

In the family moved to West Berlin where they spent nine months in a mittsgsfrau camp. Helene peered through her lashes, but Martha’s eyes weren’t on her any more, there were wandering aimlessly, blissfully, under her own half-closed lids, and Helene saw Martha’s lips opening slightly and moving. Still, she does meet and fall in love with Carl Wertheimer, their love a shared passion for poetry and philosophy as well as a physical attraction. Helene, much younger comes to grips with her own love of her sister and eventually an attachment to rie young Jewish man.

Fortunately, her penultimate chapter finally does make that connection, revealing her desperation that gave rise to the events of the prologue, but also showing the dei for them in a more understandable light. There begins the unsettling question of what sort of circumstances could lead a mother to abandon her son.

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Once he learns that she is not a virgin, he disowns and humiliates her. I did finish it because it was for my bookclub, but if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t have finished it.

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Precociously, Helene follows her sister into the nursing profession, a field of which the author writes brilliantly. Perhaps there was a smile? This title was put on the longlist for Best Translated Book Award Wilhelm interrupted her, tapping the boy on the back of the neck.

From what I read of it, I don’t really think it merited the reviews of being ‘a masterpeice’ and ‘exquisite’. What moved me about this book was the evolution of the character Helene as she changed in response to tragic events, how she moves from a bright, energetic, ambitious girl to a cold, distant, lonely, cruel, burdened mother.

As her shifts grow longer and longer Peter is left alone and in precarious care. If the whole novel were as good as its prologue, it would be tremendous.

Julia Franck. Die Mittagsfrau.

Helene felt Martha take her hand ad guide it up next to the rib, and finally still higher, up to her breast. A diw more years pass and Helene meets Wilhelm, a rich engineer work jluia the Third Reich who pursues her relentlessly.

But I know that I’m in a minority. The chapter closes with Peter washing himself after peeing while waiting for his mother overnight and not leaving his seat hoping that her mother would come back. And we begin to gain some compassion for an act that virtually all mothers would consider unforgiveable. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Die Mittagsfrau-The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck- translated by Anthea Bell. | peakreads

Book ratings by Goodreads. While primarily focusing on the portrayal of the young mother, Helene, and her difficult relationships to her family and close surroundings, the author, nevertheless, reaches beyond the private and individual sphere into the depiction of sections of a society in chaos and upheaval.

They virtually have to care for themselves after their father goes off to fight in WW1 and comes back seriously injured; their mother meanwhile goes gradually insane.


I felt like I got a glimpse into German society and culture that I had never seen before–to a point where I could almost feel the momentum from which Hitler emerged. 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.

The contrast between the girl’s outlook and the woman she becomes as a consequence of experiences, really outside her control, is brilliantly provocative.

Catch 22 Joseph Heller. The question remains in the reader, whether Helene, the central character was touched by the witch and if so, whether she found a way to protect herself.

Der von Frank geschaffene Ekel ist so Widerlich, weil er bekannt, ehrlich und nahe ist. Martha didn’t answer, and now her hand was climbing the other hill. Notify me of new comments via email. After reading Gay Berlin, I could understand the circumstances they entered, but this novel offers personal look at life during the political and social tensions that eventually lead to the German crusade.

Same sex relationships and multiple partners are permitted but the underbelly of this permissiveness is that it leaves the door wide open for male predators: Here, I feel, the author rather loses her way, calling upon stereotypes rather than mining her own imagination.

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Das Buch ist sehr lesenswert, wunderbar grausam und ehrlich, und ein klasse Ende. The more the characters lose, rranck more they must abandon. I found it slow and quite a cold read. The contrast between the girl’s outlook I read through some of the reviews for this book. The detail is striking precisely because it seems to contradict the brutality of the rest; the tragedy of war is not merely for the vanquished.