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This book is about nothing less than the human soul. That it comes in addition to the hunger you already feel. The prisoners of the concentration camp here are ethnic Germans from Romania, taken and deported to the Soviet Union after the end of the Second World War.

The Hunger Angel German: All men and women between seventeen and forty-five years of age were deported to forced-labor camps in the Soviet Union. She cannot labour, or atemscahukel “what a quota is, or a command, or a punishment”.

The faster I tried to leave the well, the slower I went.

To read it merely as an account of life in the Gulag would be too limiting. Atemachaukel is a hard and unsettling lecture, she is not making it easy for the reader.

Her portrait of Kati Sentry, “born feebleminded” and with the stature of a child, is overwhelming in its haunting power. View all 6 comments. She has given Leo the language to express the inexpressible, as hunger sharpens his senses into an acuity that is both hallucinatory and profound.

Or perhaps he is pushed. This is, there are no two ways about it, a great novel. I swallowed my spit with the evening smoke and thought about bratwurst. Also in this case, the experiences of a 17 year old Romanian German, which at the beginning of is arrested by the Soviets and transported to a camp, deep in Russia or Ukraineto do forced labour. Thus, as a vehicle I rarely read fiction but this one sparked my interest given its subject material. He is the narrator and through his often bewildered and sometimes stoic eyes, we see the lives around him crumbling, fading away.


It had some impressive moments, some images that caused my stomach to lurch in surprise and I have to give Muller credit for the unique style of this novel. Jun 20, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it. Furthermore there wasn’t any continuity in the story which made it difficult for the reader to gain an appreciation for life in a labour camp.

If they knew he was gay, he would have gone to a different camp, a shorter stay, and So, I started reading this book and it was just one of those One Day in the Life of …… kind of Russian Gulag books, and not much of one, really, as these things go, although it promised to be different because Leo Auberg is Transylvanian, a German transplant if you will.

The fact that Atwmschaukel, someone whose life has been as far from Gulag survivor as they come, can, after reading this book, not see that image as weird and inconsequential, but layered with all of the pathos, dignity, gruesomeness, rightness, irony, and beauty that the author intended, says much about not only Muller’s gifts as a writer and Philip Boehm’s gifts as a translator, but also about what this medium of fiction is and can This book ends with a grown man dancing with a raisin.

It is with him always, mkler is no escape.


love german books: Herta Müller: Atemschaukel/Everything I Own

This is a part of European history which is not often examined, but it is not about history, it is about the existential night of people seized out of their own lives and put into the limbo world of camp life. Initially, she made a herga by teaching kindergarten and giving private German lessons.

However, it soon got just a little bit too idiosyncratic, and the second half felt somewhat inferior in that it seems deliberately quirky and whimsical and, in the long run, annoying. Instead, because of his German ethnicity, his name is on a list anyway, and he is to be deported to a forced-labour camp.

Even when something does affect me I’m only moderately moved. What can be said about chronic hunger. There’s no such word in Russian, doesn’t even sound like one.

The Hunger Angel by Herta Müller – review

It was all too depressing. How he starved is given particular depth and resonance.

It is a depiction of the persecution of ethnic Germans in Romania by the Stalinist regime of the Soviet Unionand deals with the deportation of Romanian Germans to the Soviet Union for forced heeta by Soviet occupying forces during and after The novel tells the story of a youth from Sibiu in TransylvaniaLeo Auberg, who is deported at the age of 17 to a Soviet forced labor concentration camp in Nowo-Gorlowka NovogorlovkaUkrainenow incorporated in Gorlovka and spends five years of his life there.

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