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@Read Pdf Ë Aller Tage Abend ½ Wie lang wird das Leben des Kindes sein, das gerade geboren wird Wer sind wir, wenn uns die Stunde schl gt Wer wird um uns trauern Jenny Erpenbeck nimmt uns mit auf ihrer Reise durch die vielen Leben, die in einem Leben enthalten sein k nnen Sie wirft einen scharfen Blick auf die Verzweigungen, an denen sich Grundlegendes entscheidet Die Hauptfigur ihres Romans stirbt als Kind Oder doch nicht Stirbt als Liebende Oder doch nicht Stirbt als Verratene Als Hochgeehrte Als von allen Vergessene Oder doch nicht Meisterhaft und lebendig erz hlt Erpenbeck, wie sich, was wir Schicksal nennen, als ein unfassbares Zusammenspiel von Kultur und Zeitgeschichte, von famili ren und pers nlichen Verstrickungen erweist Der Zufall aber sitzt bei alldem in seiner eisernen Stube und rechnet Ruminating over lifeReading the German author Jenny Erpenbeck always is quite a challenge In this novel too, you are constantly puzzling who is talking here, what is it about, how does this chapter relate to the others, etc Endless questions that may not even be relevant.What keeps recurring is the theme of the leanness of life a child s life that is broken in the bud by cot death, a girl who suddenly commits suicide together with a boy, an activist woman who is constantly on her guard ag Ruminating over lifeReading the German author Jenny Erpenbeck always is quite a challenge In this novel too, you are constantly puzzling who is talking here, what is it about, how does this chapter relate to the others, etc Endless questions that may not even be relevant.What keeps recurring is the theme of the leanness of life a child s life that is broken in the bud by cot death, a girl who suddenly commits suicide together with a boy, an activist woman who is constantly on her guard against the betrayal of Communist friends, a celebrated East German writer who s reputation is annulled when the Wall fell, a demented 90 year old woman who dies in a desolate retirement home You cannot call this uplifting reading, and with a German title as Aller tage Abend always evening that was predictable In every episode, death has the final word, as it should be, or shouldn t it The interlude pieces suggest that Erpenbeck always sketches an episode of the life of a woman in very different contexts, a woman who could in fact always be the same person, resurrected in a different time, in a different context, given some kind of coincidence One of the intermezzos is a long staccato of what if sentences, and this makes you conclude that with a small change a handful of snow lifes can take a completely different turn and can be revived endlessly But you are not going to hear me say that this is the message that Erpenbeck has put into this novel, she is intelligent enough to leave that to the reader.Just like in Heimsuchung Visitation , the very dramatic German history of the 20th century forms the background for this novel, and of course this volatility lends itself perfectly to the very changeable situations she describes Once again this is done in a very ingenious way, with intertwined stories that ultimately refer to each other And again regularly there are appealing poetic passages But I personally found that first novel Visitation to behomogeneous and successful in this regard In any case, Erpenbeck definitely is a writer for ruminants The Lord gave and the Lord took away, her grandmother said to her at the edge of the grave But that wasn t right, because the Lord had taken away muchthan had been there to start with, and everything her child might have become was now lying there at the bottom of the pit, waiting to be covered up This book is full of horrors The horror of losing your newborn child The horror of being a stranger, unwanted and frowned upon The horror of oppression, persecution, war, death The wThe Lord gave and the Lord took away, her grandmother said to her at the edge of the grave But that wasn t right, because the Lord had taken away muchthan had been there to start with, and everything her child might have become was now lying there at the bottom of the pit, waiting to be covered up This book is full of horrors The horror of losing your newborn child The horror of being a stranger, unwanted and frowned upon The horror of oppression, persecution, war, death The wound of a country that suddenly finds itself split in two, families separated, people labeled as second class citizens And then, all the questions overruled by a single phrase what if What if we had the chance to live again To witness death and birth and wait for the cycle to start anew This is the background of Jenny Erpenbeck s haunting novel in a beautiful, soulful translation by Susan Bernofsky In a story that spans countries and eras, our journey starts in Galicia at the end of the 19th century A young couple of mixed religious background loses a baby girl The pain is unbearable, the aftershock of the tragic loss comes swiftly and violently In books connected by intermezzi, Erpenbeck takes us on a journey to Europe and its turbulent History Our guide The girl that died Erpenbeck imagines how her life could have turned out if she had been given a second chance, her choices, and relationships in the heart of two countries whose course in History has been stormy, to say the least Germany and RussiaThe newly arrived ship lies safely in the harbour But nothing is known of the one just setting sail What will be its fate Who knows whether it will successfully withstand the storms awaiting it Erpenbeck writes and her words enter your soul and mind and haunt you for days The essence of the story is overcoming ordeals and sometimes this is just not possible How do you overcome the loss of a child It is against the law of Nature, it is Hell on Earth The paragraphs describing the mother s pain and the superstitions related to Death are powerful and poignant The claustrophobic feeling created by all the unnecessary do gooders who believe they know what is right In addition to biological death, there is also another kind of loss The need to abandon your homeland in search of a better life The ordeal of the immigrants arriving in New York, the move to Vienna, to Prague, and Moscow, the Berliners who found themselves isolated and downgraded in the blink of an eye There is no home for the ones who are rejected by society and the domestic environment is no less harsh or oppressiveHear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry hold not thy peace at my tears for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were Religion plays a significant role in the story Christian and Jewish citizens fall in love with each other, people are branded because of their religious beliefs, hunted and massacred Throughout the story, the writer poignantly demonstrates how we all share the same feelings despite the fact that we may pray differently People of different religions and nationalities are united by the same hardships and fears No matter how we call God, we all want one thing PeaceSomeone should declare war on war War is the bane of our existence Erpenbeck uses ominous symbols like lightning, storms, and earthquakes to refer to eras shaken by the vicious human nature It doesn t matter where we are Vienna, Prague, Moscow or Berlin Whether we are in 1920 or in 1938 when Hitler s darkness spread over Europe, leading to the Second World War when Stalin s dominance in the Soviet Union became absolute Sometimes, peace seems only an illusion in the darkest moments of History and the period following a war is evendifficult because societies are in ruins and populations are devastated.Erpenbeck enriches the novel with various cultural and historical references She vividly paints the various eras and places of action The descriptions of the Viennese streets are so beautiful Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss, a favourite operetta, Oscar Wilde s Salome, one of my favourite plays, Ibsen s The Wild Duck, the legend of Melmoth Rosa Luxemburg, the KGB, the daily life in the GDR, the massacre in Lviv pass before our eyes In various writing styles stream of consciousness, monologue, unpunctuated dialogue, non linear narrative , Erpenbeck writes about motherhood, death, despair, and hope, ending in the time of the Reunification of Germany Time means everything and nothing Nothing changes and yet fundamental alterations take place in the blink of an eye What would have happened if The eternal unanswered question that defines History and the fate of us all You do not want to miss this masterpieceAnd what is the deepest layer one can lay back In the end, does coming clean mean scraping the very flesh of your bones And then, what are bones My reviews can also be found on Incredibly brilliant writing on, essentially, the interconnections between a series of alternate universes I bought the book without knowing anything about it except my affection for Erpenbeck , and I think I might have benefited from not knowing the concept which has been spoiled all over Goodreads, but I won t address it here This is structurally fascinating 5 linked short novels that congeal into a whole that sums up a life better than a realist novel could There are stylistic differe Incredibly brilliant writing on, essentially, the interconnections between a series of alternate universes I bought the book without knowing anything about it except my affection for Erpenbeck , and I think I might have benefited from not knowing the concept which has been spoiled all over Goodreads, but I won t address it here This is structurally fascinating 5 linked short novels that congeal into a whole that sums up a life better than a realist novel could There are stylistic differences based on era that help set the books apart My plea is to give it through part two until then, it might feel a bit cliched, but she s building something wonderful here This complaint is nothing definitive, but I found myself drifting when I read it, particularly at the confusing beginning of part 3 there s a reason it is written the way it is, but I think it s a misstep Part 4 is the highlight of the book, and has an absolute sublime 3 pages 107 109 in my edition that sing This is a sad, sad, sad piece of fiction, so bear that in mind too It s not really like anything else, which is its best quality Already the title of Jenny Erpenbeck s new novel, ALLER TAGE ABEND THE END OF ALL DAYS , gives me pause It is an old fashioned phrase that goes back at least to Martin Luther The story begins at the grave site of a baby girl, and, while the grandmother accepts this death without questioning the why , the thoughts of the mother wander into all the possible future lives that the girl might have had One death is not the end of all days , first spoken by the grandmother, becomes the underlyin Already the title of Jenny Erpenbeck s new novel, ALLER TAGE ABEND THE END OF ALL DAYS , gives me pause It is an old fashioned phrase that goes back at least to Martin Luther The story begins at the grave site of a baby girl, and, while the grandmother accepts this death without questioning the why , the thoughts of the mother wander into all the possible future lives that the girl might have had One death is not the end of all days , first spoken by the grandmother, becomes the underlying theme that weaves through the book The author builds her novel around the fundamental question what if What coincidences, unforeseen encounters, personal actions or external events shape our lives, could have shaped the life of this one nameless little girl From that first scene of mourning and grief, Erpenbeck spins an extraordinary and complex narrative in which she intertwines a personal, intimate family story of three generations with pertinent political events and historical changes taking place in the course of the twentieth century from 1902 to 1992 Brilliant Without hesitation very rare for me I can say that this is the most powerful and thought provoking book I have read this year if not longer.In five books , each linked to the next by an intermezzo , the author composes the novel like a musical arrangement a symphony maybe where each book has its own style and rhythm, yet picks up one or another elements from the previous only to develop it into another variation of the underlying theme what if The language can be stark or lyrical, the rhythm slow or fast All depends on the pace of the story and images created Nonetheless, each book contains its concrete setting in time and place This could be Galicia, home of the Jewish grandmother, Vienna, Siberia, Berlin Each locale has a role to play in the story s events as it does in the historical contexts Each politically pertinent period is explored through the personal lens of the protagonists, a very effective way to bring difficult concepts to the fore, such as the Stasi system of neighbours spying on neighbours or the degrading self critique , common in the Soviet Union.Like in her award winning novel VISITATION and other works, Erpenbeck is hesitant to give personal names to her characters Their individuality, however, could not bestrongly presented At the same time, by not giving her characters names they can be perceived also in a broader context of human behaviour What if , for example, we were born under different circumstances in a different place how would our lives have evolved How would we have behaved if confronted with the challenges the novel s characters have I am very reluctant to expand on the content of the novel in a review As I said in the beginning it is one of the most engaging book I have read in quite some time The intense pleasure of reading ALLER TAGE ABEND operates on different levels and also lies in the step by step discover of its composition and different story lines