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Gần nhất, tiêu biểu nhất cho sự khốc liệt, tàn bạo của motif tình yêu học trò - cô giáo, bạn đọc Việt Nam có thể nghĩ ngay đến tác phẩm The piano teacher của Elfriede Jelinek (đã được Ngọc Cầm Dương dịch sang tiếng Việt với tựa Cô gái chơi dương cầm). Vậy thì Siegfried Lenz có khốc liệt tàn bạo và đẫm màu tình dục như thế không? Phút im lặng có gì riêng trong cái motif vốn...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published June 2011 by NXB Phụ Nữ (first published 2008)
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Forget Prince Albert, Stella is littered with English traces. There are whiffs of The End of the Affair and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. I'd like to conclude that Herr Lenz made this as an homage to his friend W.G. Sebald, another German steeped in English traditions. The plot is rather linear and self-evident. A teacher of English at a coastal German school has died. One of her students grieves and recalls their relationship, one more intimate than one would guess. The paragraphs are dynamic,...more
Vincent Odhiambo
Sometimes it is the silences within a story that make the story and as paradoxical as that might sound, reading Lenz only reinforces that notion. The German edition of this book translates to A Minute of Silence, the opening scene is of a school assembly paying homage to a departed teacher. It is an almost indifferent story, not a sad one at all, the gradually building melancholic tone notwithstanding. An eighteen year old boy falls in love with his English teacher, a twenty five year old Englis...more
What I don't like about this book

*using words that are not understandable for someone who is not living at the sea or was not living at that time

*using patterns of behaviour I can't identify with

*characters and their feeling unreproducible (suddenly there is something going

*defintetly too much harmony, perfectness and corniness (oh come on, the fish thingy in the restaurant was so...ugh)

Reading my points I feel like I am too stupid for 'classics'. I am not. I understand Jane Austen a...more
James (JD) Dittes
Lenz drops so many clues in A Minute's Silence/Schweigeminute that the book is not THE story he's after.

There are multiple connections to Orwell, to Animal Farm, and to stories that lie just beneath the surface. So while this book describes the thoughts of a boy during a moment of silence to honor his dead teacher (who also happens to be his illicit lover), I find myself wondering more about Lenz's life--about deeper allusions that might lie there.

In my mind, when I read this story, Lenz speaks...more
Beautiful and sad. Rather visceral and in a way always just right out of reach (which can also get a little frustrating when so many things go unsaid or appear out of order). Fascinating choice to jump around in time and change who the narrator is speaking to (talking about Stella or to Stella) within the same paragraph. Like a sad and beautiful dream.
I feel like I did not understand half of the book and could not really connect with it. Of course the impossible love between a teacher and her pupil is beautiful to read, but the story was not that easy to follow. How did their relation develop for example? Why is she attracted to a little boy? Also sometimes the switching between past and present only became clear to me half a page later. The actual scenes of them being together are too few and too far inbetween in my opinion, the book consist...more
Welch ein anrührendes Buch! Siegfried Lenz erzählt die Geschichte einer längst vergangenen Liebe: Als Gymnasiast verliebt sich Christian in seine Englischlehrerin Stella und sie werden ein Liebespaar. Doch diese Verbindung währt nur kurz: Bei einem Schiffsunglück wird Stella so schwer verletzt, dass sie kurz darauf stirbt. Erzählt wird diese Liebe von dem mittlerweile älteren, erfahrenen Christian, der sich an díe Gedenkveranstaltung (und die damit verbundene Schweigeminute, daher der Titel) eri...more
Mooi klein boekje over een onmogelijke liefde. Onmogelijk want tussen een leerling en zijn docente, maar vooral omdat je vanaf de eerste bladzijde weet dat de docente dood is.
Tijdens een herdenkingsbijeenkomst in de aula van zijn school dwalen de gedachten van de 18-jarige Christian af naar de afgelopen zomermaanden waarin er een liefdesrelatie was ontstaan met zijn Engelse docente Stella.

Verwarrend vond ik dat Christian die het verhaal vertelt zich soms richt tot de lezer, soms tot Stella en...more
Sometimes silence can be gold.

As a huge Lenz fan, this was a book I read despite the fact, that I usually do not read love stories. Gladly I did it. The book tells us a story of love between a young teacher and her student. A careful love, a fragile love. Lenz as usually takes care of narrating the story careful, he also treats his main characters with love and respect, which makes the reading very easy and enjoyable. Only Lenz can take you to the beach while reading, his love for details is the...more
Barbara Sissel
Sep 04, 2011 Barbara Sissel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of beautiful literary fiction with a strong sense of setting and character
Recommended to Barbara by: Corinna Barsan

Sometimes a narrative is more compelling by what is not said. In his novella, STELLA, Siegfried Lenz, elevates this silence into an art form. The story is simple, a young man, Christian, falls in love with his teacher, Stella. He’s eighteen; Stella is older although the exact age difference is undetermined as is the exact time this very literary gem unfolds . . . at some point in the 1960’s. The setting is more well-defined and important, a small, isolated fishing community on the Baltic coast....more
Susan Poling
This says it better than I can: ...In a small town on the Baltic coast,
in a community steeped in
maritime industries and local mores, a teenager falls in love with his
English professor. Christian looks older than his years, Stella younger
than hers. The summer they spend together is filled with boat rides
to Bird Island, secret walks on the beach, and furtive glances. The
emotions that blossom between Christian and Stella are aflame with
passion and innocence, and with an idealistic hope of a future...more
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Was für ein Buch. Schon lange hat mich kein Autor so mitgerissen, schon lange war ich nicht mehr so tief in ein Buch versunken. Schade, dass es nur eine Novelle und somit recht kurz ist. Auf der anderen Seite perfekt, dass es eine Novelle ist. Eine wunderschöne, traurige Geschichte, geschrieben mit einem sprachlichen Feingefühl, welches die Zartheit der unangebrachten Liebe nur zu deutlich macht. Hier hat Herr Lenz es verstanden aus den Worten der deutschen Sprache zunächst einen zarten Faden zu...more
It's a tragedy: Stella Petersen, a young woman, an English teacher at a high school in northern Germany, has died. The school holds a memorial service, and one by one they step up to give their eulogies: the principal, other teachers, a representative of the students.

In the audience sits Christian, one of the students. He was asked to say a few words, but while the others speak for all but one minute, he's quiet. He sits there remembering the summer, their summer, in the small seaside town with...more
In dit boekje wordt veel aangetipt en weinig uitgediept. Net als voor de lezer is het ook voor Christian een raadsel in welke relatie Stella stond tot de in het verhaal genoemde mannen en hoe Stella tegenover hém, Christian, stond.
Was het een spel van haar of zag ze toch wel wat meer in hem dan alleen maar een verliefde puber?
Het verhaal wordt door Christian verteld, over Stella wordt gesproken in de derde persoon, om dan opeens over te gaan in de tweede persoon. "Ik dronk twee glazen bier en to...more
Stella opens with the narrarator, Christian, at his beloved's funeral. Through the backdrop of the funeral, Christian tells the story of their love. Stella was his english teacher and though forbidden, began a love relationship with him the summer before. Unlike other novels who explored similar plot lines, Stella is surprisingly neither salacious nor voyeuristic. Lenz suceeded in painting a story of two people genuinely in love despite their age difference and the boundaries of their respective...more
Teenaged Christian falls in love with his lovely teacher Stella. The attraction is mutual and turns sexual. When Stella dies, Christian is unsurprisingly crushed. The story alternates between the progressing relationship between Christian and Stella and his devastation at her loss. Great plot premise, and a book I'd recommend as a quick, interesting read, especially in summer or when you're looking to beef up your "books read" numbers. The downside: I never fully felt Christian's pain, nor the r...more
gefühlvoll erzählt, nicht melodramatisch.
Narrated with empathy, even tenderness, not to sentimental; could somehow have been more intense, on the other hand. It did make sense to me, to experience the main male protagonist switching from first person to second or third: it’s a pretty regular way – in a literary work a positively surprising method – to think by means of dialogue every now and then of an absent person, adressing her as if she were present.
Three stars is a bit underrated, four star...more
Niki Vervaeke
een prachtig "kortverhaal", een novelle.
De plot is duidelijk zodra je de eerste bladzijde gelezen hebt maar wat een schitterende schets van emotie(s). Aangrijpend en ontroerend beschreven en toch heel mooi in balans.
Een pareltje.
Lissa D'Angelo
Uff, estoy triste y disgustada a la vez. Este libro reencarnaba todas mis fantasías. Ese cliché tan antiguo como el tiempo que no me canso de leer. Sin embargo, no me despertó nada, ni el romance, ni la química ¿Hubo acaso química? Ufff, fueron solos hechos, uno tras otros, me pareció más una crónica que una novela de amor y descubrimiento de la adolescencia a la adultez.
En resumidas cuentas, no sentí nada, ni siquiera pena por la tragedia.
Poignant love story that reminded me of Turgenev's First Love about a teenager who falls in love with his teacher - gentle and lyrical - beautifully written
Allyssa Thompson
A well written story of first love. It is a simple story with a sad heartbreak. A quick touching story. I loved this quick read.
Dit was een verplicht boek voor Duits, anders had ik er in eerste instantie ook niet voor gekozen. Het boek sprak mij meteen al niet aan en het bleek één groot, saai, voortslepend verhaal te zijn. Van de zogenaamde grote liefde tussen de lerares en de leerling (kan je nagaan, de namen zijn niet eens blijven hangen.. Stella en dinges) was niets te merken. Door de flap had ik verwacht dat ik in een liefde terecht zou komen; ik zag alleen twee mensen die een beetje té veel met elkaar omgingen voor...more
Chris Galle
Mooie novelle over een onmogelijke liefde. Het thema is niet nieuw: scholier wordt verliefd op mooie lerares, en het is van bij het begin duidelijk - voor de lezer althans - dat de relatie geen toekomst heeft.
Maar het is allemaal mooi en ingehouden beschreven. Toch wel de moeite waard.
Loved when he talked about bird island !
"Eine unerhört schöne Geschichte" steht auf der Rückseite des Einbands. Wie wahr - leise und in ausgewählten Worten erzählt uns Lenz die zarte Liebesgeschichte zwischen Christian und seiner jungen Englischlehrerin Stella. Die Novelle berührt, ohne anrührig zu sein. Eine Schweigeminute, die sich auf alle Fälle lohnt, vielleicht sogar für den Deutschunterricht. (Januar 2014)
So I read this book for school, in German. That's probably one of the reasons I didn't like it that much, because I simply missed some of the parts, one of the other reasons is that I really dislike teacher-student relationships, not that it can't happen or anything, it just makes me feel very uncomfortable. So this probably just wasn't really my kind of book.. I might read it in Dutch or English again though, to see whether I will like it better then.
Siegfred Lenz has successfully created a pastel-turquoise world for me. I remember Et minuts stilhed for its palette of colours; the only deviation in an endlessly blue ocean was the sun-kissed tan Stella had. The intense turquoise of this book combined with the crashing waves of too-much-ocean has left me unable to properly comment on the content of the story, which I found to be harmless and tired. But well done with the vivid imagery.
Cooper Renner
I've read two of Lenz's novels--The Heritage and The German Lesson--both more sprawling and "darker" than Stella, the brief story of a high school boy who falls in love with one of his teachers. Nostalgic, sweet but not sticky and sentimental, a story of emotional connection and not sex per se. "Cleaner", if you will, than most YA novels nowadays. Restrained usage of language, lean incorporation of the setting--both familial and societal.
Ik vind het boek een beetje vergelijkbaar met de film Drive. In beide werken zijn de personages niet helemaal uitgewerkt. Het verschil is alleen dat het in de film Drive werkte en in dit boek niet. Het duurde voor mijn gevoel eeuwen voordat ik het boek uit had. Er zat niet genoeg diepgang in en het ging verhaal was ook niet echt boeiend om te lezen. Als ik het niet voor Duits moest lezen dan was ik er waarschijnlijk nooit aan begonnen.
Eine sehr gefühlvolle Erzählung um eine Liebe zwischen einem Schüler und einer jungen Lehrerin.
Der junge Mann erinnert sich auf der Beerdigung der Lehrerin an die zarten Bande, die sich zwischen beide legten.
Eine gänzlich schnulzfreie erzählerische Meisterleistung, die mir direkt ans Herz ging.
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Siegfried Lenz (born 17 March 1926 in Lyck (Ełk), East Prussia) is a German writer who has written twelve novels and produced several collections of short stories, essays, and plays for radio and the theatre. He was awarded the Goethe Prize in Frankfurt-am-Main on the 250th Anniversary of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's birth. Lenz and his wife, Liselotte, also exchanged over 100 letters with Paul Ce...more
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