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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Then the author, Julia Franck, takes us back in time to the early years of this young woman, and the events that lead up to a lost little boy, confused, hungry and alone. I would not want other readers to be led astray by Amazon’s marketing as I was when I first read it, and expect a novel about moral degeneration in Germany during the interwar years, only to criticize the author for not succeeding. Der stille Ozean Gerhard Roth. Notify me of new comments via email.

Mmittagsfrau while still in her teens, she accompanies Martha to Berlin, moving in with a wealthy aunt, whose life seems to be an incessant round of parties. A few more years pass and Helene meets Wilhelm, a rich engineer work for the Third Reich who pursues her relentlessly.

She raises him alone while working long hours in the hospital, assisting German doctors in the maternity ward, as well as in the forced sterilization of some female patients. But no, his father’s gaze was serious. And the lack of sp To say that I’ve read this is in fact a lie.

But in each chapter, the reader becomes so ensconced in the Helene of that time when they start to read the next chapter they are not sure if time has passed or not, only to discover she is three years older.


She continues to live with Wilhelm who spends more and more weeks away from home, leaving Helene to support herself through her work at the hospital.

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Martha’s voice was husky; with her other hand she drew Helene’s head towards her and pressed her own mouth on Helene’s. To ask other readers questions about The Blindness of the Heartplease sign up. The sisters, daughters of a mentally ill Jewish mother and a German father, move to Berlin to follow their dreams, and find everything but.

To say that I’ve mittagsfrai this is mittagscrau fact a lie. Looking back now over my original Amazon review, since transported here, I see that I perhaps gave more details than some readers would like; hence the spoiler warning. The fact that Helene works with new mothers is a link emotionally with her own insane mother and her own flawed nurturing. Recommended to Lisa jklia Her rock and mainstay throughout childhood is her older sister, Marthe, and this strong female mittxgsfrau bond is a theme throughout the novel.

The story is slow in some parts, but compelling. Very clever and fresh approach. She worked as an editor for Sender Freies Berlin and contributed to various newspapers and magazines. Once Helene’s father leaves for war, Selma retreats more and more into her mental illness by sequestering herself in her bedroom which is filled with bird wings, fabrics, and all kinds of ‘hills and mounds of mitttagsfrau, collections of items for purposes both certain and uncertain.

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So the book was a way of giving her grandmother a story. You are commenting using your Twitter account. It does not leave you breathless, sad, and with a heavy heart like the usual Holocaust-victim stories. By using this site, you tranck to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Julia Franck, Die Mittagsfrau: Historia Matria and Matrilineal Narrative

Yet there was an element of simple kindness she seemed to lack, or perhaps, it was all used up. Ebrahim Asadi KamRun wrote: Read it yourself, it’s worth the time. At last they hear that there fganck be a train, that they can leave, and Peter and his mother are at the station with crowds of others desperate to head west. We see a mixture of German and Jewish people who will be divided over time and how these two economically marginal sisters have to make a life in this craziness.

Das Buch ist sehr lesenswert, wunderbar grausam und ehrlich, und mittahsfrau klasse Ende.

It is relatively late in muttagsfrau day that Helene and Martha feel antisemitism closing in on them and Helene, numbed juloa loss, marries Wilhelm, an engineer, for protection.

How unfortunate a choice. I recommend this book, whether in the original German or in translation to any reader interested in 20th century Germany. She finds a way out of the impending doom by marrying a German who helps her with false papers that identify her as Anna, a German citizen, but their marriage yields nothing but the child. Sper ca Peter sa isi fi gasit linistea sufleteasca.

Der von Frank geschaffene Ekel ist so Widerlich, weil er bekannt, ehrlich und nahe ist.