This is certainly autobiographical at least in regard to the interrogations part Herta was in fact interrogated while living in Romania, under CeausescuThis is the daily grim and perceptive description of a woman s life her apprehension facing the interrogations She s a factory worker During her first marriage while husband was at the military service she recalls she escaped home and went to the mountains Carpatos mountains with conservatory finalists she saw a frozen lake and crosses of the dead her peers picked up stones for healing but she picked a stone in the form of child s foot she still keeps it She s been summoned to an interrogation at 10 00 a. m. , sharp interrogations are a torment they are so long one feels lost Today I may be conducted to a prison cell, es There is a shocking matter of factness in the voice addressing to the readers of this book Belonging to the female character in the center of the story, it weaves the narration by adding together episodes full of horror from a past under communism her grandmother s death, her father s adultery, her father in law s acts of violence, Lilli s sexual misbehavior and death , details regarding a present ride by tram to the police office for interrogations and random descriptions of objects. How is it to feel that everything surrounding you is spying on you Innanimate objects get personified around and these, together with people surrounding you among whom most act crazy if they are not crazy already seem to take part in a conspiratory whirlpool which has in the center your life Everything becomes part of this cycle and the repetition and dullness of everyday events scare the hell out of you E Ty Skentelev Nuori Nainen On Saanut Kutsun Salaisen Poliisin Kuulusteluihin, J Lleen Kerran T Ll Kertaa Asia Tuntuu Vakavammalta, Ja H N On Ottanut Mukaansa Pyyhkeen Ja Hammasharjan Silt Varalta Ettei Palaisi KotiinMihin Nuori Romanialaisnainen On Syyllistynyt Pahin Rikos Tuntuu Olevan Se, Ett H N On Kirjoittanut Italiaan Meneviin Miesten Pukuihin Yhteystietonsa Ja Viestin, Jossa H N Kertoo Haluavansa NaimisiinRaitiovaunumatkalla Nainen Ajattelee Pelolla Kuulustelijaansa Majuri Albua Sek Muistelee Is Ns Ja Karkotettuja Isovanhempiaan, Jotka Naisen Ensimm Inen Aviomies IlmiantoiKuten My S [Herta Müller] ↠´ Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet [habsburg-empire PDF] Ebook Epub Download ☆ Rakastajaansa Paulia Ajatuksiinsa Uppoutuneena Nainen Ajaa Pys Kkins Ohi Ja Ajatuu Tilanteeseen, Joka Saa Pelottavan Kuulustelun Kalpenemaan The heroine of this novel lives her life waiting She is a seamstress in a Romanian factory making fine men s overcoats for export to Italy She is so desperate for escape from her pointless life that she inserts notes saying Marry Me, with her name and address, into the linings of the coats She has a live in male friend who spends all of his time and most of her money drinking the day away There is no future here it s like maintaining a big dog and having the expense that goes with it. This is Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall So our heroine is in trouble again for those notes It s happened before Now she could lose her job or even be imprisoned She s been summoned once to the inspector s office thus the book s title The i ô Heute wär ich mir lieber nicht begegnet ñ Everything happened in a twinkling, the time it takes for one person to assault another. M ller s Nobel Prize speech is transcribed at the end of this edition, a bonus the cover did not hint at that other editions could learn from, and among other thought provoking paragraphs was her probing the susceptibility of engineers and the like to making homunculi out of their creations I already knew a number of beautiful words having to do with lubricated hydraulic machine parts DOVETAIL, GOOSENECK, ACORN NUTS, and EYEBOLTS, she says, and so I left off characterizing her plot structure as the shuttering swift sidings of looms and thought of maelstroms instead Capturing the linear side of things is all very well, but we are no Arachne in our weaving and wiggling our way out of the unyielding desire of the eye You feel fine because you ve forgotten what that means for other people. Th Es gibt Momente beim Lesen, da beneide ich die bildende Kunst Man stellt sich in einem Museum vor ein expressionistisches Gem lde, sieht die vielen grauen dicken Pinselstriche mit dem roten Fleck in der Mitte, undefinierbar in der Aussage, nichtssagend in der sthetik, stellt man eine gewisse triste Atmosph re fest und ist sich sicher, so etwas nicht in seiner Wohnung haben zu wollen und geht dann nach 12 Sekunden zum n chsten Bild In Herta M llers Buch dauert die Betrachtungsphase bestimmt rund sechs Stunden Das zieht sich Sch n ist das nicht Ist halt Kunst Pr miert vom Nobelpreiskomitee Ich kann darauf verzichten und denke, dass das mit mir und Frau M ller nichts mehr wird Beispiel gef lligVon weitem kam Gebell und dann Geschrei Lillis Offizier wurde gefesselt, in eine Blechh Una mujer en un viejo tranv a se dirige a su cita con un agente de seguridad All se someter a un nuevo interrogatorio por el grave delito que cometi cuando trabajaba en una f brica de ropa introducir papelitos en los bolsillos traseros de unos pantalones destinados a la exportaci n con un mensaje altamente subversivo,C sate conmigo , que iba acompa ado de su firma y direcci n Una mujer sin compromiso pol tico expl cito ni una elevada educaci n, una mujer hasta vulgar, incluso antip tica, pero con un mon logo interior l rico y evocador, intenso y lleno de im genes turbadoras, con inusuales frases de una particular y original belleza, con un discurso ca tico y fragmentado pero realmente atractivoHumillaci n es sentirse descalza en todo el cuerpoEn este viaje hacia el destino se 4,5 stars, but taking into account my mental state in the last months, it surely deserves being rounded up to 5 M ller mixes present and past throughout the whole book and manages to get it superbly done, never sounding pretentious or false, and meanwhile tells some pretty good stories from Communist Romania.
This is the second time that I ve struggled with a Herta M ller novel, the second one to leave me feeling cold and not exactly in the greatest of moods, but given the subject matter it s not surprising really Her narrative didn t fill me with much enthusiasm, and yet, some of her sentences really were quite striking They stood out ripe in a bowl of decaying fruit. The Appointment takes a bleak and circuitous route through Bucharest on a rickety old tram that seems to take an eternity to reach its destination If you had been summoned for an interview with Ceausescu s secret police in the last years of the dictatorship the last thing you would want is to be late The narrator, a factory seamstress, has been caught sewing marriage proposals into the hems of suits bound for export, for which she gets charged with pro The Appointment is about life in Nicolae Ceau escu s communist Romania What a simultaneously sinister and banal place The mind won t absorb it The novel is in every sense a dystopia Only in this case it happens not to be an SF fantasy but based on 20th century events Seemingly without effort, Herta M ller shows us the utter self defeating nature of police states, their inefficiency, rotten core, bankrupt ideology, and doomed future. Its narrative line is elliptical It has been written in a rich though understated style with a subtle patterning of motifs throughout It is story distilled to its essentials I suppose it might be called muscular were its anatomy not so delicately wrought It is not chic lit It is highly readable literary fiction, not at all cryptic, and in the end emotionally shattering The Appointment has a fragmented narrative line It consists of an interbraiding, i
About The Author
Herta M ller was born in Ni chidorf, Timi County, Romania, the daughter of Swabian farmers Her family was part of Romania s German minority and her mother was deported to a labour camp in the Soviet Union after World War II She read German studies and Romanian literature at Timi oara University In 1976, M ller began working as a translator for an engineering company, but in 1979 was dismissed