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Nach dem Tod des einzigen Sohnes beginnt ein stummer Kampf zwischen den alternden Eltern. Er hat sich ein Rosenstock für das Grab des Sohnes gewünscht, seine Frau läßt einen großen Granitfelsen setzen. Fortan begleitet er sie widerwillig auf den täglichen Gängen zum Friedhof. Als er hinter dem Grabstein eines Tages eine halbverhungerte Katze erblickt, sorgt er fortan für i ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 1st 1997 by Fromm International (first published 1989)
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·Karen·

“On a du style”

To have certain style, now that must be a good thing, surely. Not fashion victim. Stylish. Individual, not mainstream. Quirky, even. But not eccentric, not an oddity. Nor homespun and bland either.

Style treads a fine line between fulfilling society’s expectations and doing things entirely your own way. In the mouth of Lucienne, one half of the couple at the centre of this novella, those words take on a metallic taste, ominous and troubling. For she says them in a voice of command
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Steph
Dec 04, 2015 Steph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Wie entsteht ein Verhängnis?

In Hürlimanns Gartenhaus blieb ich öfters mal verwirrt stehen, mich fragend wie ich denn nun schon wieder einen Szenen- oder Perspektivenwechsel übersehen hatte. Die 140 Seiten geben den Figuren leider kaum Platz um ihre Tiefe zu offenbaren und sich ehrlich zu entwickeln, dafür vermittelt das Buch aber sehr schön den melancholischen Alltag des alten Pärchens, dass ihren Sohn überlebt hat. Die Geschichte ist sprachlich anspruchsvoll was zu wahren Kunstwerken der Satzst
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Apollonia
May 07, 2012 Apollonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eigentlich hatte ich diese Novelle für meine Mutter gekauft, die es aber nicht mochte, d.h. nur einige Seiten davon las. Da ich kein Buch rumliegen lassen kann, begann ich es zulesen. Und war sofort im Sog dieser Novelle gefangen. Ein kleines Meisterwerk. Vor allem die Sprache - unglaublich faszinierend, wie Herr Hürlimann mit der deutschen Sprache umzugehen versteht. Nahezu jeder Satz ist ein Faszinosum.
Für diejenigen, die die deutsche Sprache genießen ist diese Novelle absolut zu empfehlen.
Siv30
Mar 01, 2012 Siv30 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: domestic-life
מערכת היחסים בתוך המשפחה מתערערת כאשר מת הילד הצעיר. האם, לוסיאן, מבקשת להניח על קיברו מצבה מאבן והאב הקולונל מבקש שיח ורדים, ובכך נפער השבר שילך ויתרחב לא רק בין בני הזוג, אלא ישאב לתוכו גם את יתר בני המשפחה, הבת ובעלה.

מאבקי הכוחות בין בני הזוג, מוכרעים כמו בקרב טקטי, פעם לצד זה ופעם לאחר והורלימן מלהטט בין בני הזוג ופורט את מערכת היחסים החולנית בתוך המשפחה. רק חתול קטן שמהווה סמל לכל התככים והמלחמות בן בני הזוג, עומד על החומה ואוכל את האוכל שמגניב אליו הקולונל.

דרמה פסיכולוגית חזקה, באחד הקטעים
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Booklovinglady
The kind of book that makes you think about what you've read after you've finished reading it (and I like that).
Annelies
Heel intimistisch en mooi geschreven maar soms kon ik specifieke passages niet zo goed plaatsen in het verhaal. Misschien terug te lezen?
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