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The Resource Angel of oblivion, Maja Haderlap ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis

Angel of oblivion, Maja Haderlap ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis

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Angel of oblivion
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Angel of oblivion
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Maja Haderlap ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis
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  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"Haderlap is an accomplished poet, and that lyricism leaves clear traces on this ravishing debut, which won the prestigious Bachmann Prize in 2011. The descriptions are sensual, and the unusual similes and metaphors occasionally change perspective unexpectedly. Angel of Oblivion deals with harrowing subjects - murder, torture, persecution and discrimination of an ethnic minority - in intricate and lyrical prose. The novel tells the story of a family from the Slovenian minority in Austria. The first-person narrator starts off with her childhood memories of rural life, in a community anchored in the past. Yet behind this rural idyll, an unresolved conflict is smouldering. At first, the child wonders about the border to Yugoslavia, which runs not far away from her home. Then gradually the stories that the adults tell at every opportunity start to make sense. All the locals are scarred by the war. Her grandfather, we find out, was a partisan fighting the Nazis from forest hideouts. Her grandmother was arrested and survived Ravensbruck. As the narrator grows older, she finds out more. Through conversations at family gatherings and long nights talking to her grandmother, she learns that her father was arrested by the Austrian police and tortured - at the age of ten - to extract information on the whereabouts of his father. Her grandmother lost her foster-daughter and many friends and relatives in Ravensbruck and only escaped the gas chamber by hiding inside the camp itself. The narrator begins to notice the frequent suicides and violent deaths in her home region, and she develops an eye for how the Slovenians are treated by the majority of German-speaking Austrians. As an adult, the narrator becomes politicised and openly criticises the way in which Austria deals with the war and its own Nazi past. In the closing section, she visits Ravensbruck and finds it strangely lifeless - realising that her personal memories of her grandmother are stronger. Illuminating an almost forgotten chapter of European history and the European present, the book deals with family dynamics scarred by war and torture - a dominant grandmother, a long-suffering mother, a violent father who loves his children but is impossible to live with. And interwoven with this is compelling reflection on storytelling: the narrator hoping to rid herself of the emotional burden of her past and to tell stories on behalf of those who cannot"--
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1961-
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Haderlap, Maja
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fiction
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Lewis, Tess
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  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Women
  • Minorities
  • Slovenes
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Angel of oblivion, Maja Haderlap ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis
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"First published as Engel des Vergessens, 2012 Wallstein Verlag"--Copyright page
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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2016017961
Dimensions
18 cm
Edition
First Archipelago Books edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780914671466
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(paperback)
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2016017961
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Label
Angel of oblivion, Maja Haderlap ; translated from the German by Tess Lewis
Publication
Note
"First published as Engel des Vergessens, 2012 Wallstein Verlag"--Copyright page
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
2016017961
Dimensions
18 cm
Edition
First Archipelago Books edition.
Extent
289 pages
Isbn
9780914671466
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Lccn
2016017961
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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