The Wall

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The WallThe Wall by Marlen Haushofer
Published by Cleis Press on May 21st 2013
Pages: 240
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, General, Literary, Psychological, Science Fiction, War & Military
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“I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead…” writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being. Surmising her solitude is the result of a too successful military experiment, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival, but self-renewal. The Wall is at once a simple and moving talk – of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one’s name – and a disturbing meditation on 20th century history.

I am almost haunted by this book. The main character echoes through my head with her strength through adversity. It is not what I expected, it a genius what-if that I can’t get out of my heart.   The woman in this tale is unlike any, or maybe it is just that she […]