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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.

And instead of drawing everyone together, he has splintered his family apart by his funny notions and burgit ways.

For the now-shaky Communist state it uses the allegory of a nuclear family with vannderbeke tyrannical father who is unexpectedly late home one evening; the titular meal, his favourite, has been prepared; his wife, son and daughter don’t much like it. A celebratory feast of mussels and wine has been prepared. Very beautifully written but quite sad and even shocking at times.

Like a piece of knitting, held together by uneven stitches, it can unravel from the seams once you start. Still, the underlying concerns are never lost.

Das Muschelessen

Muschwlessen Submit to Film Festivals. The reader at times tires of the exaggeration and frequent repetition, the mantra-like phrases being used again and again, but the thrust of the verbal torrent of the monologue leads one to the centre of an all-powerful man whose hollow core is finally revealed.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. That this subtle birfit of a revolution against dictatorship stands for muschleessen country or all such countries is skillfully and gradually revealed and causes the reader to become emotionally invested in the books larger political discourse.

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. A family—mom, sister, brother—sits at the dinner table after preparing a mussel feast for a tyrannical father who never shows up.


Showing of 2 reviews. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. As time passes and as they become inebriated with drink they speak openly and critically about him, and slowly, in the manner of peeling away the layers of an onion, the mkschelessen tyrannical and monstrous behavior towards each of them is revealed.

It reminded me at times of Thomas Bernhard, but I liked LE After reading this book in the original version and hearing it as an audiobook with the voice of the author, I can say that my experience is quite complete. It is the end of an era, both for this formerly unhappy family and by extension for a hated and inhuman system in the meaningful yeara point emphasized by Birgit Vanderbeke herself.

So a celebration was in order: Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: It has recently been translated into English by London-based Peirene Press. To ask other readers questions about Das Muschelessenplease sign up. Birgut aura is generated by signs and symbols, a darkly construed nexus of all the characteristics of oppression. Her style with its breathless, relentless and convoluted long sentences — there is sometimes no full stop to be found for entire pages — becomes compelling.

Jan 24, Katzninchen rated it really liked vanferbeke Shelves: 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 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.

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. He is the muachelessen picture of male hypocrasy and sense of superiority.

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When the moment of truth approaches the family in the form of an interminably-ringing telephone, it is ignored. It’s a shame The Mussel Feast wasn’t translated earlier as it would have been of great interest in the early 90s when the political events were still fresh in everyone’s minds. That was the longest and most exhilarating paragraph I’ve ever read. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Open Preview See a Problem? The clock in this household, in which, of course, punctuality is worshipped, goes on ticking, Father no-one in this family is given an actual personal name by the author does not appear, and gradually the mood changes from expectation to unease, to disquiet, then frustration, and in due course to tacitly acknowledged hope that Father may never again appear in their midst.


Written in it was perfectly timed for the fall of the Berlin Wall, and is the book of that moment of history. Dem Ende habe ich richtig entgegen gefiebert, weil ich so sehr wollte, dass sie es mit vereinter Kraft schaffen, sich von ihm zu befreien.

The book opens the day he expects to succeed. Refresh and try again. The sound drove him round the bend.

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Dec 18, Volker Rivinius rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 birit their recent titles – I saw how very well their books suit my taste: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

A two hour read at the most. The absence of s cultural references must relate to this – the writer is about 15 years older muschelessn the narrator – but this does give a sense of claustrophobia and being cut off that suits the subject.

Most things drive him round the bend: It’s a tiny package, but reading it is like peeling an onion: