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The Mussel Feast

The Mussel Feast (Paperback)

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The modern German classic that has shaped an entire generation. A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of cooked mussels. Why has the father not returned home? As the evening wears on, we glimpse the issues that are tearing this family apart. ------ 'I wrote this book in August 1989, just before the Fall of the Berlin Wall. I wanted to understand how revolutions start. It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into a German family saga.' Birgit Vanderbeke ------ Why Peirene chose to publish this book: 'I love this monologue. It's the first Peirene book which made me laugh out loud with tears in my eyes. The author lays bare the contradictory logic of an inflexible mind. This is a poignant yet hilarious narrative with a brilliant ending.' Meike Ziervogel, Publisher

Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Peirene Press Ltd Publication Date: 01/02/2013 ISBN-13: 9781908670083  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Birgit Vanderbeke, born in 1956, is one of Germany's most successful literary authors. She has written 12 novels. The Mussel Feast was her first publication and won the most prestigious German language literature award, The Ingeborg Bachmann Prize. The book was published in 1989 and has never been out of print since. It has been translated into all major European languages, including French, Spanish and Italian.

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An intriguing monologue centered on a family dinner reveals much about the legacy of Germanic male authoritarianism. It gives swift insight into a specific society. Memorable despite of, or perhaps because of, its brevity.

- 18/06/2014
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In East Germany, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall, a family sits waiting for the father to return from work for dinner. As they sit around the cooling pot, the uncharacteristic lateness of this man of habit gives one daughter the freedom to reflect. What at first seem idiosyncrasies, it slowly dawns upon her, is the tyranny of a contumelious patriarch and not a normal upbringing after all.

- Jonathan

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 22/01/2014

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