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This nouveau riche friend of mine was allowed to muscheleszen ice cream from the ice-cream van, as much and as often as she wanted, and ice cream from the ice-cream van was not cultured. Despite having published numerous books to some acclaim and awards, this is the first that has been translated into English. 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.

On the face of it, the story appears to be a very simple one. The book was written just birrgit the fall of the Berlin Wall as the grip of the East Germany state on its citizens started to collapse and serves on many levels as an allegory for that revolution vanderveke both in the views and actions of the father and the family just as one example the vanverbeke frustration and anger at his family’s failure to behave as a proper family could be taken as an analogy for the failure of any Communist state to live even close to Marxist ideals and even in the ever present and frequently referenced pot of mussels.

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The Man of the House has made it to the top! In many respects the family here is a bit of a caricature but p Every novel is out there looking for its ideal reader.

It’s best read in a single sitting with full immersion in the narrator’s thoughts and feelings. The Mussel Feast is written in a claustrophobic, breathless voice that makes it virtually impossible to find any sort of pausing point.

Das Muschelessen

A publication which in Germany has become a school set text and which has been translated across Europe but until this publication not in English ; A page monologue set in a single evening and thus ideally designed to be consumed over an evening. A celebratory feast of mussels and wine has been prepared. Birgit Vanderbeke wrote this novella injust before bitgit fall of the Berlin Wall, as an examination of how revolutions start, using the format of the family saga.


The reading experience is however marred by the writing — a stream-of-consciousness narrative that is very circular and repetitive in style.

Birgit Vanderbeke (Author of Das Muschelessen)

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Has he been in an accident? The Mussel Feast is a striking and powerful work, and one which undoubtedly would reveal more on subsequent readings. In contrast to his behaviour at home, where the father constantly criticizes the children and his wife for not being “up to his level”, vanrerbeke his professional life or at least what the daughter can glean about it: It won the prestigious German-language literature award, the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, that same year.

Told from the perspective of the daughter, the narrative changes in tone as the evening progresses and Mum in particular grows more and more concerned about her husband’s absence. Vanderbeke takes the concept of monologue in this story to a different level of complexity as she blends the daughter’s feelings and her memories of less than enjoyable encounters with the father with recounting what takes place at the dinner table and the comments and dialog taking place.

This erstwhile feared figure, kow-towed to so assiduously for so long, is ultimately made to share the fate not only of the mussels but of many a dictator pulled unceremoniously from his ibrgit. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Asked in an interview about her exceedingly long sentences, given that her books lack volume, Vanderbeke answered: What emerges is a rather startling portrait of a tyrannical man, whose idealised version of what constitutes a family and family life can never reach his unrealistic expectations.

The father is being promoted and his success is theirs. Jun 09, Margarethe rated it really liked it. The father of the family is expected home from a business trip, with news of a long-awaited promotion. The book instantly became a sensational success, with its muschelezsen of family life, the psychological warfare within it, and its underlying suggestion of the stirrings of political rebellion, peacefully staged but ultimately deadly.

On actually looking at Mushelessen Press’ website for the first time – in the run up to the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize I wanted to find out more about their 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. Camden House,Chapter 2: It reminded me at times of Thomas Bernhard, but I liked it way more than I ever liked?


This is an admirable book, memorable and rewarding, but not true to Peirene Press editor’s optimistic description of “hilarious. We don’t know what will happen. Is it a coincidence that that particular evening the atmosphere is different, the the narrator wonders, is it an omen of things to come?

Dad seems merely quirky and grouchy, but as the narrative matures, he is revealed as an abusive, unhappy tyrant who lives to belittle and degrade his family.

It was neither a sign nor a coincidence that we were going to have mussels that evening …. Her debut novel which in firmly put her on the literary map was Das Muschelessen the English translation by Jamie Bulloch was published in under the title The Mussel Feast.

Vanderbeke – German Literature

There were state celebrations throughout the summer of this state, founded on ideals of community and brotherhood–i. She did move to Berlin vandrrbeke upon marriage and motherhood she and her husband decided muschelessfn relocate to southern France since she was unwilling to bring up their child in Germany.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 19, Conny rated it really liked it Shelves: His masculine self-righteousness reveals itself for its true stupidities and becomes more and more ridiculous the longer he is not there to restamp down his authority.

Seemingly accidentally, the history of post-war Germany is chronicled in her narrative. I wanted to understand how revolutions start.

Set up a giveaway. Angespannt wartet die Familie am gedeckten Tisch auf muschelesse Vater. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. As they wait, the strict order, uniformity and conformity to which they have previously adhered begins to break down and life will never be the same again.