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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This is when the story takes on a deeper purpose: It is his favourite dish, but one that his wife, grown-up daughter and teenage son do not vandrbeke like. Angespannt wartet die Familie am gedeckten Tisch auf den Vater.

Birgit Vanderbeke’s The Mussel Feast is a classic in the author’s native Germany, mischelessen it was published to critical and popular acclaim in What emerges is a rather startling portrait of muscchelessen tyrannical man, whose idealised version of what constitutes a family and family life can never reach his unrealistic expectations. While they are waiting — the father is expected 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.

As they wait they begin to dare to speak to each other the truth of their situation. Although the absence is only physical as his presence, like some barghest, haunts every page, revealing a patriarchal figure who controls every aspect of family life, through physical and mental violence. Written in German in just after the Berlin wall came down and, one senses that the family are moving towards rebellion and the final ousting of the oppressor that parallels the end of communism in East Germany.


The story begins in an interesting and rather original manner: AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. After reading this I had to look the author up, as it states on the back cover that it was a modern German classic, and yet I was totally unaware of it.

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The father is a constant tyranny, shrouding the family in a cloud of fear which descends whenever he is present in the house.

What is captures is the release of family shackles.

Libro molto bello, devo dire, la giusta lunghezza, le giuste parole ed il giusto finale. The father, a slave to his idea of perfection, is uncharacteristically late. The promotion he has obsessed over is finally his. The Mussel Feast is a striking and powerful work, and one which undoubtedly would reveal more on subsequent readings. On actually looking at Peirene Press’ website for the first time – in the run up to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize I wanted to find out more about vanderrbeke recent titles – I saw Many of the UK book blogs I read love certain boutique presses, though until now I’d viewed these publishers as a bit too precious.

Jul 06, Ti rated it really liked it Shelves: View all 5 comments. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Vanderbfke don’t know what would have happened if we’d been able to eat at six o’clock as usual. No trivia or quizzes yet.


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. The father of the family musvhelessen expected home from a business trip, with news of a long-awaited promotion.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. The division of East and West Berlin permeates the novel, dss if it is rarely directly addressed. Das Mussel Fest was Vanderbeke’s debut fiction work, which immediately won her the prestigious Ingeborg Bachmann Prize in 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.

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Several of the narrative elements are repeated throughout, but muschelsesen just adds to the simultaneous charm and darkness of the novella. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. The year,marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik. Jan 24, Katzninchen rated it really liked it Shelves: This is an admirable book, memorable and rewarding, but not true to Peirene Press editor’s optimistic description of “hilarious.