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The Resource The hunger angel, Herta Muller ; translated by Philip Boehm

The hunger angel, Herta Muller ; translated by Philip Boehm

Label
The hunger angel
Title
The hunger angel
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Herta Muller ; translated by Philip Boehm
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Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
It was an icy morning in January 1945 when the patrol came for seventeen-year-old Leo Auberg to deport him to a camp in the Soviet Union. Leo would spend the next five years in a coke processing plant, shovelling coal, lugging bricks, mixing mortar, and battling the relentless calculus of hunger that governed the labour colony: one shovel load of coal is worth one gramme of bread. In her new novel, Nobel laureate Herta Muller calls upon her unique combination of poetic intensity and dispassionate precision to conjure the distorted world of the labour camp in all its physical and moral absurdity. She has given Leo the language to express the inexpressible, as hunger sharpens his senses into an acuity that is both hallucinatory and profound. In scene after disorienting scene, the most ordinary objects accrue tender poignancy as they acquire new purpose - a gramophone box serves as a suitcase, a handkerchief becomes a talisman, an enormous piece of casing pipe functions as a lovers' trysting place. The heart is reduced to a pump, the breath mechanised to the rhythm of a swinging shovel, and coal, sand, and snow have a will of their own. Hunger becomes an insatiable angel who haunts the camp, but also a bare-knuckled sparring partner, delivering blows that keep Leo feeling the rawest connection to life
Summary
"I know you'll return." These are his grandmother's last words to him. He has them in his head as he boards the truck at 3am on a freezing mid-January morning in 1945. They keep him company during the long journey to Russia. They keep him alive through hunger, pain, and despair during his time in the brutal Soviet labour camps. And, eventually, they bring him back home. But when he does return, he finds that an embarrassed, traumatised silence hangs over his harrowing experiences. Even with his two friends, fellow Romanian-Germans who survived the camps with him, the memories that have branded them so indelibly seem impossible to put into words.
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10061378
Cataloging source
BT
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1953-
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Muller, Herta
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the German
Literary form
fiction
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Boehm, Philip
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True
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World War, 1939-1945
Target audience
adult
Label
The hunger angel, Herta Muller ; translated by Philip Boehm
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Publication
Control code
000050155951
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
290p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846272981
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Label
The hunger angel, Herta Muller ; translated by Philip Boehm
Publication
Control code
000050155951
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
290p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846272981
Isbn Type
(pbk.)

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