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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  4,887 ratings  ·  552 reviews
First published to acclaim in Germany, The Wall chronicles the life of the last surviving human on earth, an ordinary middle-aged woman who awakens one morning to find that everyone else has vanished. Assuming her isolation to be the result of a military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of survival and self-renewal. This novel is at once a simple and mo ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 16th 1999 by Cleis Press (first published 1963)
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Kidoh Maybe, or maybe not. I think The Wall is a totally different story than The Dome. The Wall is tackling different issues of human life, is much more…moreMaybe, or maybe not. I think The Wall is a totally different story than The Dome. The Wall is tackling different issues of human life, is much more emotional than heavy on a dramatical story, it's more existential than The Dome...
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I enjoyed The Wall much more, because it touches deeper knots. But I think its really not for everyone. It's a very sensitive book. (less)

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Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia, ebook, 2017, reviewed

I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead.

An unnamed woman arrives with her cousin and her husband to their alpine hunting lodge. Their staying is planned for a weekend. The same evening the couple go to the nearby village and when they don’t return the next day our heroine sets off to meet them halfway to unexpectedly come across the impenetrable barrier. A wall. A transparent yet impassable wall through it she can see households in t
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A female Robinson Crusoe finds herself as a castaway in a lonely dystopian forest, and an invisible wall blocks her from the rest of humanity, which has mysteriously turned into stone sculptures, - an absurd reversed Pygmalion creation act.

Well, that could be a great detective story, or an alien monster action thriller. But as apocalypses go, this one is very quiet and factual, and it doesn't offer any explanation for the situation the woman finds herself in. Not even a hint.

What we do get, in
Jul 13, 2013 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
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
Το Άσχημο Ρύζι Καρολίνα
Φοβερό βιβλίο!

Και λέγοντας φοβερό εννοώ πως είναι υπέροχο και συνάμα τρομαχτικό με έναν τρόπο που καταργεί τη συμβατική έννοια αυτών των λέξεων. Νιώθω πως, εντελώς απροετοίμαστη, εισήλθα στο χώρο όπου ο απλός, πρωτεϊκός, πανανθρώπινος μύθος συναντά την αμείλικτη πραγματικότητα και δημιουργεί ένα πεδίο όπου οι σκέψεις και τα συναισθήματα υπερέχουν της όποιας δράσης, για να έρθουν στο τέλος οι τέσσερις τελευταίες σελίδες - για τις οποίες ουσιαστικά σε προετοιμάζει από την αρχή η συγγραφέας - και
M. Sarki
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Lynne King
I stood up three more times and convinced myself that here, three yards from me, there really was something invisible, smooth and cool blocking my path. I thought it might be a hallucination, but of course I knew that it was nothing of the kind. I could have coped much more easily with a momentary insanity than with this terrible, invisible thing. But there was Lynx with his bleeding mouth, and there was the bump on my head, which was beginning to ache.

When our narrator was invited by her cousin
Owlseyes on notre dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...

"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
Claire Fuller
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
How did I not find this book when I was writing Our Endless Numbered Days? I'd not even heard of it until recently. It is wonderful. An unexplained and invisible wall comes down trapping the narrator in section of the Austrian Alps with only a dog and some basic provisions. She has decided to write 'a report' of what happened, and so in looking back we get tiny snippets of what has happened in her present, just enough to tease us and keep us wondering. The report, and nearly all of the book is a ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Una novela feminista, intimista y ecologista. Pausada, rutinaria y casi sin sobresaltos, aunque los esperas todo el rato, y eso es, precísamente, parte de su encanto.
Me ha hecho sufrir mucho por la relación con los animales, pero también esperanza.
Una maravilla.
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
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
Ringa Sruogienė
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moteriška Robinzono Kruzo versija. Tik ne saloje. Gana monotoniška pasirodė man, bet vienišam žmogui galėtų būti puiki biblioterapija. Visa žmogaus gyvenimo esmė ir prasmė - kaip ant delno.
May 18, 2013 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
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.

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A woman visits an alpine hunting lodge with two relatives for a weekend getaway. She stays behind when her cousin accompanies her husband to the nearby village to buy supplies. The next morning the two still have not returned. The woman decides to walk to the village with her cousin's dog. She loses sight of the dog but when she finds him again, the dog is acting confused and will not start walking again. The woman knows the dog will follow so she continues....only to walk into an impenetrable b ...more
Jul 07, 2013 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
Kathrin Passig
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathrin by: Stefan Mesch
Ich hatte irgendwas mit vielen komplizierten Empfindungen und einer unangenehm leicht deutbaren Metaphernwand erwartet. So ist es aber gar nicht, sondern tatsächlich wie von Stefan Mesch versprochen mehr wie bei Cormac McCarthy, nur mit weniger Mord und mehr Geburten (mehrere Katzen, ein Kalb). Ich glaube, es geht vor allem um eine vollständige Darstellung des Konzepts Fürsorge, mit allen ihren schrecklichen Seiten, von denen zumindest ich selten lese. Stilistisch angenehm ehrgeizlos.
Nov 27, 2016 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
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, somewhere-else
[Note: I appreciated coming to this novel with only a skeletal idea of its nature. In that spirit, if you intend to read it, you might prefer not to read this review beforehand, as I discuss themes and specifics of the story in an explicit way.]

Fifty-five years after its original publication, The Wall hardly seems to have aged a day. It is curiously at once both a wide open text and an intensely narrow, claustrophobic one. The wall of the title silently dominates the story despite receiving bare
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
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
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Un vide, je ressens un vide si grand en refermant ce livre que je ne sais pas comment je vais pouvoir reprendre mes autres lectures. J'ai tellement l'impression d'avoir vécu la vie de cette femme, que j'ai perdu les repères de ma propre réalité.

Jul 14, 2014 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
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reseña disponible también en mi blog:

La protagonista de esta novela es una mujer a la que invitan a pasar unos días en una casa en la montaña. Sus anfitriones se van al pueblo caminando y no vuelven. La mujer va a buscarlos, y se da cuenta de que un muro invisible pero tangible ha aparecido de la nada, aislándola de todo.

El muro parte de una premisa que desde un primer momento interesa al lector. Un muro que surge sin razón aparente incomunica a la prota
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting and slightly traumatizing. I planned to read it in an evening but had to spread it over four days as it impacted my thoughts too much. Excellent book!
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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
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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
“External freedom has probably never existed, but neither have I ever known anyone who knew inner freedom.” 17 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.” 5 likes
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