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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But to confront and shake off his influence around the kitchen table awaiting his return is an act of defiance only possible without him. Return to Book Page. Everything that they were to scared to air in the cold light of day is revealed and as though performing an exorcism, they haltingly lay the spirit that has dominated their lives for so long.

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Strange Subjects Rochester, NY: At times, especially in the earlier parts, lighthearted, yet astute observations and a sense of irony enliven the daughter’s musings.

February 15, Sold by: Learn more about Amazon Prime. In doing so, she fundamentally challenges the father’s dogmatic concept of “the normal family”, his constant critique of the children and his wife.

She packs in all of the excuses, the hardships, the twisted explanations that decorate the miseries of his rule. With her brother and mother she waits the return of the father to a celebratory dinner of mussels. It reminded me at times of Thomas Bernhard, but I liked LE After reading this book in the original version and hearing it as an audiobook with the voice of the author, I can say that my experience is quite complete.

Jun 09, Margarethe rated it really liked it. It stands on its own for that portrait of the family. 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 the West.


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. To read the rest of my review, please visit my blog. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. This was definitely the most interesting and thought-provoking book I’ve read this year. The blogs are nice to read because they’re usually more good-natured than, er, Goodreads, it’s just that I have a misanthopic side too and am hardly ever bothered about fancy editions.

One of the key themes in The Mussel Feast is violence and cruelty in all its many guises. Her style with its breathless, relentless and convoluted long sentences — there is sometimes no full stop to be found for entire pages — becomes compelling.

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The reader at times tires of the exaggeration and frequent repetition, the mantra-like phrases being used again and again, but the thrust of the verbal torrent of the monologue leads one vandebreke the centre of an all-powerful man whose hollow core is finally revealed. It has the compr Four stars for quality and significance, but maybe not so many for entertainment. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

In its transparency the allegory reminded me of the Czechoslovak New Wave film A Report on the Party and the Guestsor The Garden Party and other plays by Vaclav Havel, a collection I read a couple of years ago – however The Vanderbekee Feast works better than these as its own story, not only as symbolism, and because of this I found vandrebeke more involving.

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Feb 16, Sue Lyle rated it it was amazing. Told from the perspective of the daughter, the narrative changes in tone as the evening progresses and Mum in particular grows more and more concerned about her husband’s absence. Books by Birgit Vanderbeke.


Share your thoughts with other customers. LE After reading this book in the original version and hearing it as an audiobook with the voice of the author, I can say that my experience is quite complete.

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A quick, satisfying read. Of that I highly approve. Vanderbeme 10, Juliana rated it really liked it Shelves: Rotbuch Verlag; 1 edition February 15, Publication Date: Birgkt lightweight book with a powerful punch, a unique voice and a strong message.

But what if you were a constant disappointment? This book is apparently now a school text in Germany. It was neither a sign nor a coincidence that we were going to have mussels that evening ….

This a family tied down and repressed, without their conscious knowledge, by a loving yet tyrannical father. Somehow in short pages, The Mussel Feast manages to capture that sense of liberation, of vanderbekw from the oppression of the past to a brighter, emancipated future, propelled along by the ingeniously simple narrative thrust of wanting to know why the father has failed to make an appearance.

As they wait, the strict order, uniformity and conformity to which they have previously adhered begins to break down and life will never be the muscelessen again. As they wait around the table, and the musschelessen flows, the family members finally start to admit to each other that their “perfect household” is not so perfect after all.

The family — mother, daughter and son — sit at the dinner table waiting for the father to join them in sharing a mussel feast.