Aug. Tief atmet man durch, wenn man dieses Buch ausgelesen hat, und man hat schon zuvor etliche Male tief Luft holen müssen. “Atemschaukel” ist. Atemschaukel [Herta Muller] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Written by Nobel Prize winner Herta Mueller, this critically acclaimed . PDF | My paper elaborates Herta Müller’s Gulag novel, Atemschaukel (; published in English under the title of The Hunger Angel in ).

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The malevolent hunger angel defines his life and actions. In blister-inducing wooden shoes small or large, so none fit they shoveled coal into a power plant and worked cement to make concrete blocks.

With regard to the small cooking fires inmates would make to prepare meals in the evening, the narrator says: By slow starvation, because your own lmler is taking your food. We get such poetic images repeatedly.

The Hunger Angel

She currently lives in Berlin, Germany. Romania I really wanted to like this. I bought it immediately.

Ich weiss, du kommst wieder — “I know you’ll come back. I want to stress that I don’t think this was bad writing. That there is a hunger which is always new, which grows insatiably, which pounces on the never-ending old hunger that already took such effort to tame. There were very few moments of joy, nothing to give the reader hope, nothing to temper the despair. How he starved is given particular depth and resonance.

As a Muller’s fan, I am very happy for this award, and will patiently wait for the translations since i only read in spanish and english. Though the themes are heavy and the story can feel oppressive, her imagery paints pictures I won’t soon forget. He didn’t think much about those words. Death by crushing, by drowning, by being buried under cement, by the toxic effects of illicit schnaps.

His sudden death in threw her off course for a year before she could settle down to translate her copious notes into the novel. One is not repulsed, nor shocked.

Behind every familiar object — a plum, a key, a rope, a single hair — there is, as in a fairytale, a hinterland full of shadows and silence. Words, mere words work such wonders!


He didn’t know they would follow him, work in him, become a confederate of his shovel, an adversary of the hunger angel. Ever since I stopped having to go hungry, I literally eat life atemscchaukel.

The only relief is the temporary oblivion that sleep provides. Won this in a goodreads giveway. The boy makes a suitcase out of a gramophone case, and fills it with Faust, a volume of poetry, aftershave, socks, a burgundy atemschsukel scarf … Every item is scrupulously detailed.

Hmm, Lyn, I don’t mind that marketing trick. Views Read Edit View history. That fear of letting go, that fear of freedom, that fear of being close to another, no words can ever overcome that. Jun 26, Nathan herya it it was amazing Shelves: Her first book was published in Romania in German inand appeared only in a censored version, as with most publications of the time. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.

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mpler The heart is reduced to a pump, the breath mechanized to the rhythm of a swinging shovel, and coal, atemshaukel, and snow have a will of their own. It is a link joining that era to today’s fear of terrorism and the atrocities it can breed. As seasons melt together, the only point of orientation in terms of the passing of time is the fixed, circular evolvement of the orach; a plant that provides the residents of the camp with modest and tasteless but pivotal nourishment as long as the season allows it.

Atemschaukel on the other hand has me completely stumped Like the slow waves of grass. The novel is narrated by Leopold Auberg, a young homosexual from the German minority in Romania, and opens early in Her mother, like thousands of other ethnic Germans between the ages of 17 and 45, was deported to a forced-labour camp in the Soviet Union after the war.

Herta Müller: “Atemschaukel” – Roman aus dem Versunkenland – Kultur – Tagesspiegel

According to Ruth Klueger this book offers a new direction in German literature, that of fiction by a second hand participant in the camps, whether Gulag or Internment or Concentration or Extermination. Thanks so much for this. It is only when he learns with who he is that he can be a more empathetic and caring person.

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The telling of his tale in all its intricate and wretched detail is perhaps the only thing that animates him. The fact that I, someone whose life has been as far from Gulag survivor as they come, can, after reading this book, not see that image as weird and inconsequential, but layered with all of the pathos, dignity, gruesomeness, rightness, irony, and beauty that the author intended, mllr much about not only Muller’s gifts as a writer and Philip Boehm’s gifts as a translator, but also about what this medium of fiction is and can This book ends with a hertaa man dancing with a raisin.

Although I never personally atemschaukdl such treatment, I was inculcated at an early age with a deep, repellant understanding of the fact that there were people like my uncle who had been wrongly incar One of my earliest, strongest childhood memories is when my family picked up my uncle, who had been a political prisoner in East Germany, from the hospital where he had been placed after his release, like many others in his position, after his freedom had been bought by the West German government.

I couldn’t connect to the protagonist, and the level of detail provided about every speck of dust and every scrap of food became wearing and frustrating. Jun 20, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. Those who had been in the camp never spoke of their experiences except at home of with close acquaintances who had also been deported, and then only indirectly. My mother, too, spent five years in a labor camp. So swinging breath might not be too far off the mark.

Maybe that’s one reason: Although, from a distance, the point of the book, as I understand it, makes more sense for me as “breath-swing”. View all 9 comments.