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Heimsuchung Free download ¹ 109 Ð A house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin once belonging to Erpenbeck’s grandparents is the focus of this compact beautiful novel Encompassing over one hundred years of German history from the nineteenth century to the Weimar Republic from World War II to the Socialist German Democratic RepIle relating the passions and fates of its inhabitants Elegant and poetic Visitation forms a literary mosaic of the last century tearing open wounds and offering moments of reconciliation with its drama and its exuisite evocation of a landscape no political upheaval can truly chang. Stunning A grand summer house on a lake just outside Berlin is the focal point of twelve stories of those who arrest a space there from the turmoil in central Europe between the Weimar Republic and the post Re unification period with all the shifts and dislocations as ideologies and regimes pass Attempts to fix themselves to a piece of earth are fruitless In between each chapter we have the constant gardener whose pragmatic planting pruning and propagating is described in a tone of incantation in the uiet repetitive cadence of ritual In summer he sets out sprinklers on both lawns twice each day they will bow to one side and then the other for half an hour once early in the morning and once at dusk meanwhile he waters the flowerbed roses and shrubs A relief a foil a contrast to the forces of man made history whirling and sliding around himThe set up has been compared to Simon Mawer's The Glass Room but the treatment here is marked by finesse and subtlety not adjectives that I would dream of using anywhere near Mr Mawer's attempt to get a contract in Hollywood I never heard he'd managed Where Mawer conveyed coincidence and corny sentimentality that turned the vagaries of history into melodrama Erpenbeck's prose floats and shimmers like the lake at its feet shot through with glinting sparks of light with treasure beneath the surface just like the silver cutlery sunk in the shallows at the centre of the lake to hide it from the invading Red Army The most impressive chapter in the book is the only one that takes place away from the house As has happened before in that house and will happen again a young woman is hidden inside a cupboard trying to survive by becoming invisible However this time it is the granddaughter of the Jewish cloth manufacturer who once owned the next door plot she is hiding in the Warsaw ghetto All of the holocaust is condensed into twelve pages of heart rending perfectly pitched prose that alone deserves the accolades that this book has garnered For three years the girl took piano lessons but now while her dead body slides down into the pit the word piano is taken back from human beings now the backflip on the high bar that the girl could perform better than her schoolmates is taken back along with all the motions a swimmer makes grasping for crayfish is taken back as well as the study of knots for sailing all these things are taken back into uninventedness and finally last of all the name of the girl herself is taken back the name no one will ever again call her by Doris Those deaths that wiped out both individual lives and humanity and civilization and culture Everything turned to dust in the mouth I wept

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A house on the forested bank of a Brandenburg lake outside Berlin once belonging to Erpenbeck’s grandparents is the focus of this compact beautiful novel Encompassing over one hundred years of German history from the nineteenth century to the Weimar Republic from World War II to. Home is where the heart is Reading Neil MacGregror’s fascinating Germany Memories of a Nation amply affirmed I still have a long path to go in the sighting of Germany’s history and literature Sensing this need two GR friends were so kind to bring Jenny Erpenbeck’s novels to my attention in particular Visitation Heimsuchung As Visitation is fiction which is ingeniously connected with episodes from Germany’s troubling contemporary history this short novel was a treat I could bask in getting the best of both worlds of history writing and excellent prose Eastern Germany a plot of land close to Berlin A lake A summer cottage A house A garden Behold the ostensibly idyllic and innocent setting where Jenny Erpenbeck German writer and opera director stages her magnificently imaginative composition dense with props which seem so trivial in everyday life clothes kitchen ware towels sheets but are fraught with ambivalence In 12 slims chapters the subseuent residents of the house and adjacent land mostly nameless characters apart from the Jewish characters who significantly enough do get names are grinded through the implacable mill of Germany’s turbulent history With seven league boots Erpenbeck clears a way through roughly 150 unsettling years from the Imperial Germany via WWII and the Holocaust the Russian occupation of East Germany the Communist era to Germany’s reunification and its aftermath Notwithstanding the breathtaking pace Erpenbeck knows how to delight and grow the reader silent with her gossamer prose Snippets of individual lives and domestic scenes and tragedies are daintily painted subtly etching the impact of horrendous events changes of regime change of power rules and morals on ordinary lives The graceful prose skillfully contrasts with some brutal events dealt with Cross referencing creating an atmosphere of menace through unveiling gradually the horror by carefully stashing away hints in minor details in a previous chapter connecting and entwining the poignant and tragic tranches de vie of the subseuent residents and visitors the intricate structure of the novel resembles the hidden closets in the lake house

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HeimsuchungThe Socialist German Democratic Republic and finally reunification and its aftermath Visitation offers the life stories of twelve individuals who seek to make their home in this one magical little house The novel breaks into the everyday life of the house and shimmers through it wh. Imagine a geologist examining a cross section of a landscape He would point out why this layer of rock is so compressed and why that one is less so why this layer of gravel was trapped just there and what the shape and age of those fossils indicate He would read the layers of the landscape as if he were reading a history book with illustrations Jenny Erpenbeck reads the layers of twentieth century Germany in a similar way Just as pockets of petrified sand beneath bedrock can still display a wave like pattern immortalising the winds that blew accross the water which covered the sand long ago Erpenbeck’s analysis is sewn through with heart stopping glimpses of turbulent passages in the lives of real people during significant moments in that periodThe book which results from this examination resembles a piece of art than a traditional story She extracts sections from almost every decade of the twentieth century and overlays them to see the patterns which emerge just as soil overlays sand and sand overlays rock or vice versa as occurs in the geologically unusual Märkisches Meer area outside Berlin to which the book is a kind of monument It is not for nothing that she uotes Georg Buchner on the fly leaf As the day is long and the world is old many people can stand in the same place one after the otherThere is one particular theme that she returns to constantly and which is beautifully symbolised by an old wooden door incongruously leading to a broom cupboard a door which is decorated with twelve scenes depicting the Garden of Eden Germany had it all she seems to say wealth culture traditions the horn of plenty But it wasn’t enough Whether it was ’38 or’39 or perhaps 1940 when they began to use the dock belonging to the abandoned house next door and when her husband built the boathouse beside the dock she’s no longer sure when that was Surely he hadn’t built the boathouse until the next door property belonged to them but when was that Summer after summer swimming sunbathing and picking raspberries at the edge of the woodsand her laughter is the laughter of today of yesterdayWhile she was spending her whole life laughing her blond hair imperceptibly turned whiteToday or yesterday she is sitting with friends around a large pot in which crabs are floating crabs she caught herself gripping them firmly behind the neck and later boiled until they turned red Eating such a crab is not simple First you twist the creature’s head off and suck its juices then you rip out the claws and use a tiny skewer to pull out the meat The abandoned house with the paradise paneled door is a symbol for a Germany that is gone; no one has and no one ever will become old within the shelter of its walls In summer he always took one last swim before leavingWhen he will have swum here for the last time is something he no longer knows Nor does he know whether the German language contains a verb form that can manage the trick of declaring the past the future