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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That was the longest and most exhilarating paragraph I’ve ever read. At first the story seems comical, narrated by the snarky, mussel-loathing sister and daughter.

Paperbackpages. The father is an abuser. The sound drove him round the bend. Slowly but surely, the author – through the daughter’s voice – unravels not only the parents’ background and the children’s life so far. Not Enabled Word Wise: At times, especially in the earlier parts, lighthearted, yet astute observations and a sense of irony enliven the daughter’s musings.

Showing of 2 reviews. View all 5 comments. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. And as his wife and children await him, a growing picture of the idealist who wanted the perfect family and the top job begins to look more and more like a monster. With her brother and mother she waits the return of the father to a celebratory dinner of mussels. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Sat at the family table around a large pot of now cooling mussels, prepared earlier by the mother – they wait for the father, not realising they have a long wait ahead.


They don’t really like eating mussels, neither does the mother Learn more about Amazon Prime. He won’t make it home. Das Mussel Fest was Vanderbeke’s debut fiction work, which immediately won her the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in The family live in the West having escaped from the East.

There were state celebrations throughout the summer of this state, founded on ideals of community and brotherhood–i. His absence is like the slow shaking off of sleep. Kids learn through making mistakes and through letting people down.

The father is being promoted and his success is theirs. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. 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 Mussel Feast works better than these as its own story, not only as symbolism, and because of this I found it more involving.

It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into muschelesssen German family saga.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories vanderbeoe kids on the go. What will they say to the father? The absent, but oh so present father, was rather too close to comfort for me, but the atmosphere of a family under patriarchy was brilliantly portrayed.

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Despite the feeling of relief thus engendered, the void is nevertheless filled with his almost tangible presence. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

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They pull up their socks and do better and grow into well-rounded, grounded, responsible individuals. Angespannt wartet die Familie am vanverbeke Tisch auf den Vater. Aber nicht an diesem Abend.


It is an incredible piece of literature in both muschelesseb power and its story — rich, dark, engaging and elegant in its telling. Return to Book Page.

It won the prestigious German-language literature award, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, that same year. Her debut novel which in dax put her on the literary map was Das Muschelessen the English translation by Jamie Bulloch daz published in under the title The Mussel Feast.

He could represent so many men through the ages who have, in believing wholeheartedly in their self centred sense of what is right and wrong, dictated to those with less power, both physically and socially, and controlled them.

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Her style with its breathless, relentless and convoluted long sentences — there is sometimes no full stop to be found for entire pages — becomes compelling.

Four stars for quality and significance, but maybe not so many for entertainment. As time passes and as they become inebriated with drink they speak openly and critically about him, and slowly, in the manner of peeling away the layers of an onion, the man’s tyrannical and monstrous behavior towards each of them is revealed.

For the now-shaky Communist state it uses the biegit of a nuclear family with a tyrannical father who is unexpectedly late home one evening; the titular meal, his favourite, has been prepared; his wife, son and daughter don’t much like it. Share your thoughts with other customers. Preview — Das Muschelessen by Birgit Vanderbeke.