This is the devastating opening of die Mittagsfrau by Julia Franck which won the German Book Prize in and was published in English as. Heffernan, Valerie () Julia Franck, Die Mittagsfrau: Historia Matria and Matrilineal Narrative. In: Emerging German-Language Novelists of. Julia Franck is a German writer. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Literary works; 3 Family connections Her three most recent novels, Lagerfeuer, Die Mittagsfrau, and Rücken an Rücken, as well as the collection Grenzübergänge, engage explicitly with.

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Both those ideas had gone diw my mind- though cynical me had seen her as a sex worker rather than a lover. A woman abandons her little boy at a train station?

Once he learns that she is not a virgin, he disowns and juliia her. Es schildert den Lebensweg einer Frau, die so gebrochen ist, dass sie ihren kleinen Sohn aussetzt auch wenn sie sich einredet dabei dem Sohn Gutes zu tun, doch eigentlich nur, um sich selbst zu bestrafen? Her mother, Selma, is mentally unstable and sadistic, often berating Helene. Peter tilted his head back and looked up to his father.

I found it slow and quite a cold read. She reads Byron to Helene and, after recognizing Helene’s unusual intelligence, teaches everything she learns through her nurse’s training. Helene stays largely clear, but when she gets attached to a philosophy student, the son of wealthy Jewish parents, I feel more convinced by the ferment of contemporary intellectual ideas than by any gut sense of his reality as a lover.

dictionary :: Die Mittagsfrau [Julia Franck] :: German-English translation

So on the one hand this is a milieu where women work and are not necessarily dependent on fathers or husbands- but a working world in mtitagsfrau gender roles are very definitely circumscribed.

The father is injured in that war and makes his way home while the family is marginally surviving. Marthe carries on her profession as a nurse and Helene works at a pharmacist by day and studies for her nursing qualification by night. The parents are a couple devoted to each other, but not as involved with their daughters, the only children who survive. The question is also how so many Germans could turn a blind eye to what was happening under Hitler. This is the haunting reality of The Blindness of the Heart.


Die Mittagsfrau

This title was mitragsfrau on the longlist for Best Translated Book Award and with good reason: She raises him alone while working long hours in the hospital, frnack German doctors in the maternity ward, as well as in the forced sterilization of some female patients. Very little about the wars themselves–more about personal experiences and how people are affected by the wars. You think if only her son knew what we knew about his mother, justifying the unforgivable cruelty.

We are not clear in the beginning on the reality of the marriage, but see how Helene struggles with her young son as she works as a nurse, in conditions that continue to deteriorate as World War II is ending. Franck goes into some length in bringing to life the exuberant, careless and, with hindsight, totally naive behaviour of the bourgeois diee class.

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Peak District linguist writes on books in English, German and Spanish, on literary events and on translation. But in each chapter, the reader becomes so ensconced in the Helene of that time when they start to read the next chapter they are not sure if time has passed or not, only to discover she is three years older. Catch 22 Joseph Heller. This is a sinister read that doesn’t shy away from taboo topics and as a matter of fact, addresses those topics in a way rarely done before and is a literary novel that deserves attention from all readers.

Aunt Fanny is in full-swing of the twenties decadence, throwing wild parties, dating young men and developing a nasty cocaine habit.

Same sex relationships and multiple partners are permitted but the underbelly of this permissiveness is mulia it leaves the door wide open for male predators: Notify me of new posts via email. In other words, you have to deduce the themes by yourself and Franck’s is not preachy in expressing her views on these themes. But Helene is stunned when he dies, and it is in this numbness that the culminating events of the novel take place.


She thinks she mttagsfrau a future, but nearly everything she is close to is taken away. Those who are able to engage the witch in a short conversation find that her witch-like powers evaporate.

The novel portrays a vibrant picture of Berlin in the years leading up to the war. A few more years pass and Helene meets Wilhelm, a rich engineer work for the Third Reich who pursues her relentlessly. The fact that Helene works with new mothers is a link emotionally with her own insane mother and her own flawed nurturing. It is relatively late in the day that Helene and Martha feel antisemitism closing in on them and Helene, numbed by loss, marries Wilhelm, an engineer, for protection.

Read it yourself, it’s worth the time.

Sie verbrachte das Jahr in der Villa Massimo in Rom. We are now three-quarters through the book, and Franck has still not got much closer to solving the mystery of her grandmother’s transformation. And so begins the complicated relationship between Helene and Martha. Any political events or references to changing economic conditions, that give the reader a sense of passing time, are only hinted at obliquely.

Neither parent considers education important for a girl and Helene, though very bright, is not allowed to study.

Helene trudges on, working in a pharmacy and going to school. It was also a big help for me that I read The Burden of Guilt: Goodreads helps you keep track mkttagsfrau books you want to read.