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Der veruntreute Himmel

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Die Geschichte einer Magd
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by S. Fischer (first published January 1st 1939)
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Teta wants to make certain that she has a place in heaven. To that end, she funds her nephew's education and entry into the priesthood, making him her final advocate on this plain.

The narrator and writer of Teta's tale lives with the family for whom Teta works as a cook. His story, bits of the family's story are also told, but it is Teta's story that makes up the major portion of the work.

The best laid plans most often go awry and Teta's plan went awry in a big way, but she still managed to fin
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Siamo davvero in pochi a conoscere questo romanzo di Werfel, che insieme alla Scrittura femminile azzurro pallido è la cosa migliore che ha scritto, e chissà perché è da tempo fuori stampa. Se lo vedete su una bancarella di libri usati, non lasciatevelo sfuggire. È la storia di Teta, anziana domestica dal carattere forte, che serve una ricca famiglia nella splendida e solitaria tenuta di Grafenegg, in Austria. Un personaggio straordinario, a tutto tondo; e poi ancora una riflessione sulle classi ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable book - the first of Franz Werfel's that I have read, and certainly not the last. Written in 1939 in exile, it tells the story of a simple Austrian cook who takes extreme measures to secure her place in heaven. The central questions are about the extent to which we are complicit in the guilt of other people, and the "deficit" of doing things without love. The book also criticises the pomp of the Catholic church and the hypocrisy of some of its adherents, and its lack of leade ...more
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May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A beautiful book about faith and a poor servant's attempts to ensure her soul will get to heaven. While her attempts to manipulate events fail spectacularly, she receives grace at the end of her life with an unlikely meeting with Pope Pius XI in his own final days. While the book shows how God's mercy works, it is also a critique of the Church on the eve of WWII and its failure to offer leadership in the fight against Fascism. ...more
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A popular German classic, I still had little to no idea what I would find in this book.

It tells the story of Teta, an old Moravian (today part of the Czech Republic) cook in service with a genteel Viennese family (at the time of our - and the author's - meeting her).
At first, however it is not entirely clear what the book is going to be about. Although the author explicitly says he is about to narrate Teta's story, he then sets out to talk at some length about his own and Teta's employers' sto
Jan 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
sehr traurig am ende. auch fder film ist gut. aber das buch ist weitaus berührender.
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Czech-born poet, playwright, and novelist, whose central themes were religious faith, heroism, and human brotherhood. Franz Werfel's best-known works include The Forty Days of Musa Dagh (1933), a classic historical novel that portrays Armenian resistance to the Turks, and The Song of Bernadette (1941). The latter book had its start when Werfel, a Jew escaping the Nazis, found solace in the pilgrim ...more

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