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 Hunger Angel German: Like atemschauukel other Banat Swabians, her father volunteered for the Waffen SS during the second world war. I rarely read fiction but this one sparked my interest given its subject material. In other cases I think it’s a shame the English translations aren’t allowed the same level of strangeness as the German.

The books have all had excellent translators and are no doubt wonderfully odd on the inside, but you still have to get people to buy them in the first place.

love german books: Herta Müller: Atemschaukel/Everything I Own

Has it been translated yet? We get such poetic images repeatedly. In this her work does not differ very much of what Primo Levi did Survival in Auschwitz: Her imagery is startlingly distinct and yet nightmarish. Over the following years she received many lectureships at universities in Germany and abroad. What caught my eye is the discrepancy, which isn’t criticism of those choices, more interest in what led to them!

However, it soon got just a little bit too idiosyncratic, and the second half felt somewhat inferior in that it seems deliberately quirky and whimsical and, in the long run, mllfr. I tried to imagine the book with “breath-swing” in place of “Hunger Ztemschaukel in each instance, but failed. There are nature poems here, odes to Ukrainian weeds, there are poems dedicated to hunger and release. The Hunger Artist does what great art always does, it creates its own world which only tangentially intersects with our own.


The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller

So, unfortunately, I didn’t like this book, and only pressed on because it won the Nobel Prize, otherwise I would have stopped after the first few chapters. With only short stories or pictures, there was very little character development to have the reader feel any sympathy or understanding for the difficulty life in a soviet atemschaumel camp. Published April 24th by Metropolitan Books first published It is a dizzying, poetic, punch-drunk account that sent me reeling, shocked at what was being told but constantly marvelling at the writing.

Then it starts to grow jewelled flowers in poisonously colours that stabs the eyes before it finally freezes to death. Views Read Edit View history. Its constant presence gnaws away at those within the camp. And American prisons like Parchman and Angola, for that matter.

The English translation is by Philip Boehm Like the best poetry captures instances in this case, hunger, boredom, isolation, loneliness, futility, identity, separation to name a few in an economy of words.

No words ever will. In Atemschaukelshe has more than proved that her range is wider, and that her curious linguistic slant can be just as well applied to matters further afield. Here and atemschaukeo, suitcases are packed and unpacked, playing a major and symbolic role. The fearful mathematics of starvation: The word Atemschaukelis in the book, yes, but I couldn’t quite figure out what it means!

There is no defence. Want to Read saving…. No one could imagine that I was reliving my own rendezvous, more and more often” It’s empathy that ties this whole book together. Death by crushing, by drowning, by being buried under cement, by the toxic effects of illicit schnaps. The nebulous opening of a young Romanian ethnic German, who has been designated to be a prisoner at a Russian labor camp as a form of collective, representational penance is chillingly cruel.


A light that sweetly creeps up your throat and swells atemschau,el rises to your brain. Late in life a gay man remembers what it was like to be transported from his family home in Romania to the Russian Gulag.

The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller – review

They lose every perception of gender. This is, there are no two ways about it, a great novel.

Won this in a goodreads giveway. Leo feels hated not only because he is German, but because he is gay. The hunger angel is not a kind and gentle cherub, but like a Gnostic messenger of God’s will, or the angel of death.

These were just facts of life in the decades after World War II. Muller’s style and subject WWII Romania and Russian deportation camps are pretty unfamiliar territory to me, but themes are similar to those I’ve found in other stories about the soul-stealing power of dislocation and internment.

Please change cover 4 14 Nov 23, This poor creature crops up at various points, its effect gradually becoming more and more cynical as Leo loses his capacity for compassion. The novel was nominated for atemschukel prestigious German Book Prize inand the author received the Nobel Prize in Literature the same year.

Given this situation, it would be almost impossible to create a sober account of life in the gulag, as we are familiar with from Solzhenitsyn or Margarete Buber-Neumann.

So I was aware of what was happening in countless atemscyaukel behind the Iron Curtain. She currently lives in Berlin, Germany.