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READ PDF ⚤ Die Wand ì Eine Frau will mit ihrer Kusine und deren Mann ein paar Tage in einem Jagdhaus in den Bergen verbringen Nach der Ankunft unternimmt das Paar noch einen Gang ins n chste Dorf und kehrt nicht mehr zur ck Am n chsten Morgen st t die Frau auf eine un berwindbare Wand, hinter der Totenstarre herrscht Abgeschlossen von der brigen Welt, richtet sie sich inmittten ihres engumgrenzten St cks Natur und umgeben von einigen zugelaufenen Tieren aufs berleben ein How did I not find this book when I was writing Our Endless Numbered Days I d not even heard of it until recently It is wonderful An unexplained and invisible wall comes down trapping the narrator in section of the Austrian Alps with only a dog and some basic provisions She has decided to write a report of what happened, and so in looking back we get tiny snippets of what has happened in her present, just enough to tease us and keep us wondering The report, and nearly all of the book is a How did I not find this book when I was writing Our Endless Numbered Days I d not even heard of it until recently It is wonderful An unexplained and invisible wall comes down trapping the narrator in section of the Austrian Alps with only a dog and some basic provisions She has decided to write a report of what happened, and so in looking back we get tiny snippets of what has happened in her present, just enough to tease us and keep us wondering The report, and nearly all of the book is a daily account of the activities she has to do to stay alive But it is also so muchthan this It is not the food that keeps her alive, but her relationship with various animals, which in the end come to mean so muchto her than any human relationship she had, probably even her own children My only issue with the novel and you can see I overcame it, since I gave it five stars is that when she first disovers the wall she doesn t follow it to the very end, so it is possible at that stage that she isn t completely enclosed But don t let that put you off, if you like stories of the details of survival then read this Original review, Dec 9 2019 This is a fantastic novel, hard as a diamond and with a premise as unforgettable as Gregor Samsa s transformation into a giant cockroach The anonymous narrator is visiting friends in a remote area A few pages in, her hosts leave her alone in their hunting lodge and head into town to get a drink They never come back Next morning, she discovers that her part of the mountain is surrounded by an invisible, impenetrable wall which separates her from the rest of the woOriginal review, Dec 9 2019 This is a fantastic novel, hard as a diamond and with a premise as unforgettable as Gregor Samsa s transformation into a giant cockroach The anonymous narrator is visiting friends in a remote area A few pages in, her hosts leave her alone in their hunting lodge and head into town to get a drink They never come back Next morning, she discovers that her part of the mountain is surrounded by an invisible, impenetrable wall which separates her from the rest of the world Every human being and animal outside it is dead She adjusts quickly and takes stock Her host was a survivalist who d laid in a fair supply of food and other necessities she s also been lucky enough to inherit his dog and find a cow and a cat that got trapped with her on the inside of the Wall So her situation is not yet hopeless.The book is the account the heroine is writing a few years later based on the sketchy diary she has kept It mixes memories, attempts to reconstruct past episodes that have faded, and reflections from the present Most of it is about the minutiae of the day to day struggle to survive how she uses her meagre stock of potatoes to start a potato field, how she mows hay to feed her cow, how she cuts wood to be able to stay warm through the bitter winters, how she sometimes has to shoot a deer to get meat It is completely uncompromising the narrator is only writing for herself, there is no one else left in the world, and she doesn t care if she repeats herself or bores you She just wants to get things straight The author of the novel believes in her, and after a while you do too It is astonishing how real her world becomes.The book resists easy interpretation I see many different takes on it in other reviews, and I have no idea which ones are right or wrong Maybe that s not even an interesting question It is a terrific image that sits there in your mind, the lone woman trapped in her invisible bubble with almost nothing left but still refusing to admit defeat, using all of her determination and ingenuity and skill to get through just oneseason because her little family of animals needs her Sometimes she thinks about the people who created the incomprehensible weapon that has turned everyone outside the Wall into stone, and she wonders how they could have done that It is not her style They must be different from her in some way she can t quite understand.Update, Dec 27 2019 I decided I had to reread it among other things, I was sure I had missed a good deal first time round due to my indifferent German Second time, I liked it evenand felt I had understood most of the language We also watched the movie, which is unusually true to the book nearly all of the narrator s monologue is taken directly from the text An interesting detail is that there s a moment near the beginning where you see a small pile of books that the heroine has brought with her to the hunting lodge The one on the top is this book, in the edition I have been reading A female Robinson Crusoe finds herself as a castaway in a lonely dystopian forest, and an invisible wall blocks her from the rest of humanity, which has mysteriously turned into stone sculptures, an absurd reversed Pygmalion creation act Well, that could be a great detective story, or an alien monster action thriller But as apocalypses go, this one is very quiet and factual, and it doesn t offer any explanation for the situation the woman finds herself in Not even a hint What we do get, in A female Robinson Crusoe finds herself as a castaway in a lonely dystopian forest, and an invisible wall blocks her from the rest of humanity, which has mysteriously turned into stone sculptures, an absurd reversed Pygmalion creation act Well, that could be a great detective story, or an alien monster action thriller But as apocalypses go, this one is very quiet and factual, and it doesn t offer any explanation for the situation the woman finds herself in Not even a hint What we do get, in brilliant prose, is a narrative of survival and solitude, of strength and weakness, of humanity defined by its basic logical and practical skills and by empathy for living things While the woman calculates her needs and reinvents agriculture for herself, she also domesticates animals and mourns their loss when they die She struggles and enjoys her life, and when danger lurks, it is bizarrely from the single other human being that resides inside the invisible wall a symbolical truth of human destruction and construction, existing side by side.The story is eloquently and convincingly told, recommended to dystopian Robinson fans who don t mind skipping the fast paced action of conventional science fiction I can allow myself to write the truth all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead.An unnamed woman arrives with her cousin and her husband to their alpine hunting lodge Their staying is planned for a weekend The same evening the couple go to the nearby village and when they don t return the next day our heroine sets off to meet them halfway to unexpectedly come across the impenetrable barrier A wall A transparent yet impassable wall through it she can see households in t I can allow myself to write the truth all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead.An unnamed woman arrives with her cousin and her husband to their alpine hunting lodge Their staying is planned for a weekend The same evening the couple go to the nearby village and when they don t return the next day our heroine sets off to meet them halfway to unexpectedly come across the impenetrable barrier A wall A transparent yet impassable wall through it she can see households in the valley and its, now frozen in time, inhabitants Petrified in their last action farmer, woman sitting on the bench, a cow lying on the meadow Everything equally calm and apparently not alive Dead, but hard to know of what disease or hostile deed.It all seems like a bad joke but there s no explanation to what happened Our heroine having not much choice needs to cope with unusual situation And the novel is a meticulous, detailed report of her actions And there s something strangely calming and quieting in these simple deeds, in growing potates and bean, in logging wood, cutting the grass, haymaking, preparing stuff for winter And caring for her animals, since there s a dog, cats and cow, and later also a bullock she s responsible for them too.I ve placed that one ondystopian shelf though to tell the truth I do not care much about that tag To the end we do not know what really happened Was it a devilish military experiment that went out of control Perhaps some foul deed, maybe part of war campaigne that did so wrong Or maybe some apocaliptic vision of the world The novel is everyting above and muchIt s like a record of adventures of Robinson Crusoe but without company of his Friday it s a manual guide on how to survive in wilderness and it s still muchthan that It s a quiet meditation on human nature, nature of time and our role on the Earth, our responsibility for beings dependent on us And about recognition that old life is lost and one need to find another way.How many things do we need to live You would probably say that plenty We hoardandgoods but how many things we do really need to survive One would do without much stuff in fact And that way the novel may be read as an objection to our greedy politics and unsatiable consumerism We were told that no man is a separated island, but really We don t need any apocalypse for we are already divided and we keep building our walls without restraints And that way The Wall feels like a critique of our acceptance of loosening interpersonal relationship and moral relaxation, like a statement that maybe world that lack love doesen t deserve to exist You needed twenty years to bring up your children but it only took mere seconds to kill them Love seemed to be the only reasonable instict and right thing to do and by rejecting it our chance was irremediably forfeited.The novel is simply written and I found it beautiful I especially liked these chapters concerning one unforgettable summer in alpine tundra over her cabin These days where she had all her animals yet and used to stay long at night, scenting almost intoxicating fragrances of flowers and herbs, looking at the starry sky and experienced such tranquility and communion with the world, something that felt almost transcendental, that even being probably the last human being still could be at ease with herself and surrounding world Though when she writes her account she doesn t feel it any , yet still knows there was a beauty in it