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De wand

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Een vrouw stuit op een onzichtbare wand, waarachter een doodse onbeweeglijkheid heerst. In haar strijd om alleen te overleven, is de liefde voor haar het enige wat overblijft. De uiterste consequentie hiervan is haar afrekening met 'het wezen dat moordt en vernietigt' - een gebeurtenis die als een voortdurende aanwezige dreiging de roman beheerst.
Paperback, 237 pages
Published February 1992 by Maarten Muntinga (first published 1963)
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Book2moviechallenge 2012
12/12 Ein Film der 2012 aus einer Literaturvorlage veröffentlicht wird

Buch 5 Sterne
Eines jener Bücher, das mich beim erstmaligen Lesen vor mehr als 10 Jahren am meisten beeindruckt und gleichzeitig extrem verstört hat. Die Hauptdarstellerin ist zu Gast auf Sommerfrische bei Freunden in einer einsamen Jagdhütte, wacht am Morgen auf und muss feststellen, dass sie in einer relativ weitläufigen gläsernen Kuppel gefangen ist. Ihre Gastgeber wollten am Vortag kurz ins Dorf ge
Jul 13, 2013 Vishy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I discovered Marlen Haushofer’s ‘The Wall’ through a friend's review of the film version of the book. It looked like a dystopian novel and I also suspected that Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’ was inspired by Haushofer’s book in some ways. Something about the book tugged at my heart, and I couldn’t articulate it then. So, I went and got the book and started reading it last week. I finished reading it yesterday. Here is what I think.

The story told in ‘The Wall’ is simple. The nameless heroine, a
My animals were fond of my familiar smell, my voice and my movements. I could easily cast off my face; it was needed no longer. At this thought a feeling of emptiness rose up in me, which I had to get rid of at any price. I looked for some kind of work to do, and told myself that in my situation it was childish to mourn a face, but the tormenting sense that I had lost something important would not be driven away.
Virginia Woolf once called Middlemarch one of the few novels that had been written
M. Sarki
Jun 02, 2016 M. Sarki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to M. by: claire-louise bennett
Shelves: 5-star-wonders

What a marvelous book. It is beyond me why this novel is classified a feminist classic as it holds up as something great no matter whose sex wrote it. This is a story of redemption under grave circumstances. It is a tale of determination and persistence in the face of uncertain and daunting circumstances. The novel could be deemed an instruction manual on how to live a life with one’s own self, alone and entrusted with responsibilities perhaps too great fo
"The Wall is a wonderful novel. It is not often that you can say only a woman could have written this book, but women in particular will understand the heroine's loving devotion to the details of making and keeping life, every day felt as a victory against everything that would like to undermine and destroy. It is as absorbing as Robinson Crusoe."
Doris Lessing

“External freedom has probably never existed, but neither have I ever known anyone who knew inner freedom.”
Marlen Haushoffer

I have watched
May 18, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch hat mich sehr beeindruckt. Es hat meine Erwartungen, die ich vor dem Lesen hatte, bei weitem übertroffen.

Eine Frau macht einen Ausflug zu einer Jagdhütte in den Bergen und wacht eines Morgens auf, um festzustellen, dass sie nun scheinbar der letzte überlebende Mensch ist. Sie stößt auf eine unsichtbare und unüberwindlich scheinende Wand, hinter der alles Leben, außer dem pflanzlichen, geendet hat. Ihr einziger Gefährte ist zunächst ein Hund. Später kommen noch eine Kuh und Katzen hin
Claire McAlpine
The story begins on the 5th of November, the day the protagonist, a middle aged woman, begins to write a report of what has occured over the last two years, since she became isolated in a hunting lodge where she had been visiting her cousin Luise and Luise's husband Hugo.

Some kind of unwitnessed catastophic event occurs, creating an invisible wall between that which lives and that which doesn't. Luise and Hugo went to the village, putting them on the deathly side of the event. Sending their dog
Aug 20, 2011 Tania rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read The Wall because it was assigned to me as part of a German Women Writers in Translation course. Wait... don't stop reading, quite yet... I had reservations about the novel when I first started it, because I thought it would either be dull and boring, or it would be too much like science fiction/fantasy or a nature novel, two genres I don't enjoy most of the time. It is neither.
This novel is actually a portrait of courage. As others have said, the unnamed author finds that she is the last
I have to admit that though I work in publishing and though, up until 2010, I lived more years in Switzerland than I’d lived in the United States, I’d never heard of Marlen Haushofer until this year. True, Frau Haushofer was Austrian, and was born in Frauenstein, Austria in 1920. But Austria borders Switzerland (to the east) and both countries speak dialects derived from High German. No matter what we speak in everyday life, both Swiss and Austrians write in High German. And I attended school in ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Bjorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austria
Man cannot become an animal. He just passes the animal stage on his way to the abyss.

Something Happens, and a middle-aged woman is suddenly, as far as she can tell, the last human being on Earth, waking up in a friend's hunting lodge up in the decidedly Julie Andrews-less Austrian alps, and finding an invisible wall all around the area she's in.

(Insert space here for snarky comparisons to The Simpsons Movie or that Stephen King novel, even though The Wall predates them by 50 years and is a very
Mind the Book
Existentiell och civilisationskritisk robinsonad. L ä s u p p l e v e l s e! Den typ av bok som får mig att tänka "jag vill BARA läsa SÅDANA HÄR böcker resten av mitt liv".

Till protokollet: Så befriande att ta del av en kvinnas survival skills efter The Revenant, The Martian, The Heart of the Sea, Life of Pi, Into the Wild, Castaway, Thoreaus Walden etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.

Ikväll tittar jag på
Astonishing book, there's so much in it. I feel really close to the author and her protagonist.

Ein Paar fährt gemeinsam mit der Cousine der Frau in ein Jagdhaus in den Bergen. Das Paar möchte am Anreisetag noch ins Dorf und lässt die Cousine, unsere namenlose Protagonistin, allein mit dem Jagdhund Luchs zurück. Seltsamerweise kehrt das Paar abends nicht zurück. Am nächsten Morgen macht sich die Protagonistin auf den Weg ins Dorf, um zu erfahren, was passiert ist. Da stößt sie plötzlich gegen ein
I saw the film first. Beautiful cinematography, a one-woman exhibition of acting talent. I knew that the voice-over narration was lifted nearly verbatim from the text, and so I knew I had to read it properly. At the end of the edition I purchased, the director of the film says that The Wall is supposedly a perfect representation of depression. I agree. I think that those who loved The Bell Jar in youth would find this to be the continuation of inescapable honesty that the life-long depresseive r ...more
In "The Wall", Die Wand, a woman in Austria is isolated from the rest of the world. An invisible wall has materialized during the night and everyone on the other side is dead.

The novel, first published 1963 in Austria and now translated again into Swedish, is a picture of the psyche of mankind. Bigger than the fight against famine, is the fight against depression. Haushofer explore loneliness in all its forms. Eventually, the woman learns to accept it as a form of solitude. Her name is never rev
Jul 07, 2013 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I am going to be in the minority when it comes to reviewing this book. After reading the reviews and the synopsis on the back of the book, I thought I was in a for an “I can’t put this down” kind of book. Instead I got a “Wow, is this book ever going to end” book.

I love post-apocalyptic stories, which is why I was drawn to this one. Unfortunately what I got was a woman rambling on and on about the sameness of her life. In the story, the nameless character is somehow trapped in a rural area when
Jul 14, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorieten
Mooi, zeer mooi zelfs. Een fascinerend boek wat ik even moest laten bezinken, en het blijft nog steeds door mijn hoofd spoken.

Het is geschreven in 1963 maar is absoluut tijdloos. Zo is er sprake van een onbestemde dreiging maar wanneer is dat nu niet het geval..
De strijd van de naamloze vrouw tegen de elementen, de strijd om het bestaan, om te overleven wordt afgewisseld met filosofische bespiegelingen zoals hier over de tijd:
‘Ich sitze am Tisch, und die Zeit steht still. Ich kann sie nicht seh
2 Totoros

Rezension auch hier ==> Marlen Haushofer – Die Wand | AnjaIsReading

Als ich das erste Mal von diesem Buch gehört habe, hatte es schon fast 50 Jahre auf dem Buckel. Vermutlich durch die Verfilmung mit Martina Gedeck in der Hauptrolle (die ich übrigens nicht gesehen habe) wieder ins Gedächtnis der Leserschaft gebracht, wurde es im Radio als Lesetipp vorgestellt und ist sofort auf meiner Wunschliste gelandet. Die Geschichte klang einfach zu gut: Wie die Buchbeschreibung schon verrät, macht eine F
G.G. Silverman
Quite possibly the most profound book I've ever read. I was unable to put it down, and read it obsessively over the course of a week. The woman's survival and taking care of her few animals while profoundly alone in the mountains was quite awe-inspiring, and her relationship with her animals moved me to tears. A must-read.
Apr 17, 2008 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maggie by: Betsy
Stunning. About isolation and relationships with animals... it's just incredible! One of my favorite books.
Kevin Neilson
The plot is essentially that of Robinson Crusoe, albeit more boring and with a more back-to-nature theme. The protagonist becomes isolated in an island of sorts--a section of the Alps surrounded by an invisible wall. I read this in the original German, but I have to admit I skimmed much of the last third, as it became very drawn-out, and the details of the daily activities of the protagonist--collecting berries, chopping firewood, hunting with the dog--soon became tiresome. There are some genuni ...more
Tiesiog negalėjau nesusidomėti perskaičiusi aprašymą - "Knygos herojė, bevardė moteris, atvykusi pailsėti į kalnus, vieną rytą suvokia esanti atskirta nuo viso pasaulio nematoma, tačiau neįveikiama siena. Romane vaizduojamas jos gyvenimas vienatvėje, suvokiant, kad visą likusį pasaulį ištiko katastrofa. " Taip ir traukia perskaityti ir sužinoti atsakymus kas, kaip ir kodėl.

Šiek tiek tikėjausi kokios įspūdingos, kvapą gniaužiančios, įtemptos istorijos. Tačiau ši nebuvo tokia, ar bent ne visai to
Oct 02, 2012 Thegurkenkaiser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Höh? Warum kennen das ALLE außer mir?
David Ramirer
May 11, 2013 David Ramirer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ein buch, welches auf geschickte art und weise essentielle lebensgrundlagen transportiert und transparent macht. die transparente, gläserne, harte und kalte wand, die die protagonistin plötzlich von der zivilisation abtrennt, trennt auch den leser von der protagonistin, weil ihre erfahrungswelten isoliert aber frei sichtbar dargestellt werden. was für die meisten menschen eine horrorvision ist - plötzlich völlig alleine inmitten einer nur kaum bezähmbaren natur zu sein - wird für die frau hinter ...more
Mar 11, 2017 Lise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heel sterk hoe Haushofer je meeneemt met zo weinig ingrediënten. Klein, ontroerend, mooi.
Mar 05, 2016 Aleshanee rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiktion
"Denn ich fürchte mich. Von allen Seiten kriecht die Angst auf mich zu, und ich will nicht warten, bis sie mich erreicht und überwältigt." S. 8


Eine Frau will mit ihrer Kusine und deren Mann ein paar Tage in einem Jagdhaus in den Bergen verbringen. Nach der Ankunft unternimmt das Paar noch einen Gang ins nächste Dorf und kehrt nicht mehr zurück. Am nächsten Morgen stößt die Frau auf eine unüberwindbare Wand, hinter der Totenstarre herrscht. Abgeschlossen von der übrigen Welt, richtet s
Sep 16, 2013 Sabine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Eine Frau, deren Namen man weder im Hörbuch noch in der Printausgabe erfährt, will einige Tage mit ihrer Cousine und deren Mann in einer Jagdhütte verbringen. Das Ehepaar geht abends noch in das Dorf, während die Protagonistin in der Hütte bleibt. Am nächsten Morgen wacht sie auf und ist alleine. Sie macht sich auf, die beiden zu suchen, stößt jedoch auf eine gläserne Wand, die sie von der Umgebung abzuschirmen scheint. Doch bei genauerem Betrachten ist alles jenseits der Wand zu Stein erstarrt. ...more
How would you react if you woke up one day and found that you were all alone? Somehow an invisible wall appears overnight blocking the heroine's valley from the outside world. She can see the other side but the picture is grim: people and animals frozen in place. We don't ever find out exactly what happened. And the reason she is writing is not to tell others her story but rather to stave off insanity during the long nights of her second winter.

She is writing on scraps of paper. That may be why
Jan 12, 2011 Libby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-of-women, sci-fi
Marlen Haushofer's "The Wall" begins like the progeny of Hamsun's "Growth of the Soil" and Palsen's "Hatchet" with a bit of Bronte and Beckett thrown in, but by the end, it is very much its own book; completely unique in its heartbreaking eloquence. The unnamed protagonist, a middle-aged woman, must fend for herself in the forest in order to survive the unexplained occurrence that severs her ties with the rest of the world. She must re-invent herself and piece together a new existence or perish. ...more
Christoph Brecht
Es gibt Bücher, die kann man immer wieder lesen. Davon gibt es nicht viele, denn kennt man erstmal wie es ausgeht, verlieren viele Bücher seinen Reiz.
Die Wand ist ein Buch, was ich bestimmt schon 5 mal gelesen habe. Es ist einfach fazinierend. Viele sagen es ist einfach eine andere Form von Robinson Cruseo, für mich ist es viel mehr als das.
Worum es geht kann man an vielen Stellen nachlesen. Ich sag nur: Last euch drauf ein.
Ich werde oft seltsam angeguckt wenn ich dieses Buch als eines meiner L
narrated on audio by Kathe Mazur.
★★★★★ & a ❤

An ordinary middle-aged woman travels with her friends to a hunting lodge in the Austrian Alps. Upon arrival, her friends walk down to the village inn while she stays in. When she awakes in the morning, they haven't returned. Gradually, the woman comes to realize she is the last human left, safe but trapped behind an invisible wall along with a dog, a cat and a cow. Slowly, she begins the difficult work of surviving not only physically but also em
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Marlen Haushofer was born in Frauenstein, Molln, Austria on April the 11th, 1920. She went to a Catholic gymnasium that was turned in a public school under the Nazi regime. She started her studies on German Language and Literature, in 1940 in Vienna and later on in Graz. She married the dentist Manfred Haushofer in 1941, they divorced in 1950 but reunited in 1957. They had a son together, in addit ...more
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“External freedom has probably never existed, but neither have I ever known anyone who knew inner freedom.” 14 likes
“Im Grunde sind diese Gedanken ganz ohne Bedeutung. Die Dingen geschehen eben und ich suche, wie Millionen Menschen vor mir, in ihnen einen Sinn, weil meine Eitelkeit nicht gestatten will, zuzugeben, daß der ganze Sinn eines Geschehnisses in ihm selbst liegt. Kein Käfer, den ich achtlos zertrete, wird in diesem, für ihn traurigen Ereignis einen geheimnisvollen Zusammenhang von universeller Bedeutung sehen, Er war in dem Augenblick unter meinem Fuß, als ich niedertrat; Wohlbehagen im Licht, ein kurzer schriller Schmerz und Nichts. Nur wir sind dazu verurteilt, einer Bedeutung nachzujagen, die es nicht geben kann.” 6 likes
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