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The Wall

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I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a too successful military experiment, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival, but self-renewal. The Wall is at once a simple and moving talk of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one s name and a disturbing meditation on 20th century history."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 143 x 216 x 23mm | 181.44g
  • Cleis Press
  • San Francisco, United States
  • English
  • 1573449067
  • 9781573449069
  • 154,395

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"I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead..." writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer's "The Wall," a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living person. Accompanied by her dog, she begins the terrifying work of survival, and eventually, self-renewal. "The Wall" is at once a simple and moving chronicle--of growing potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one's name--and a disturbing meditation on 20th-century history. Now a major motion picture from Music Box Films, "The Wall" is a haunting study of what a person can love when everything has been taken away.show more

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``The Wall` is gripping, please trust me, though why is still somewhat of a mystery to me. How does Haushofer make a woman's minute reflections of being alone so fascinating? Haushofer writes cleanly and brilliantly, with masterful precision.` --New England Reviewshow more

About Marlen Haushofer

Marlen Haushofer was born on April 11, 1920 in Frauenstein, a region in Upper Austria. She attended Catholic boarding school in Linz, and studied German literature in Vienna and Graz. Her adult life was spent in Steyr, an old industrial city with a strong working class culture and a history of militancy. She died in 1970. Haushofer published the novella `The Fifth Year` in 1952 and earned her first literary award in 1953. Her first novel, A Handful of Life, was published in 1955. The Wall, published in 1962, is considered her greatest literary achievement. Variously interpreted as an ironic Robinson Crusoe story, a philosophical parable of human isolation, and as dystopian fiction, The Wall is currently recognized for its important place in traditions of feminist fiction. Haushofers's last novel, The Attic, was published in 1969. Her last short story collection, Terrible Faithfulness, brought her the Austrian state prize for literature. She has been translated into several European languages. `The Wall` is Haushofer's only work available in English.show more
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