This is the devastating opening of die Mittagsfrau by Julia Franck which won the German Book Prize in and was published in English as. Heffernan, Valerie () Julia Franck, Die Mittagsfrau: Historia Matria and Matrilineal Narrative. In: Emerging German-Language Novelists of. Julia Franck is a German writer. Contents. 1 Life; 2 Literary works; 3 Family connections Her three most recent novels, Lagerfeuer, Die Mittagsfrau, and Rücken an Rücken, as well as the collection Grenzübergänge, engage explicitly with.

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As horrible as this act is, Franck lays out an account of what leads Helene to make this decision.

Julia Franck. Die Mittagsfrau.

She raises him alone while working long hours in the hospital, assisting German doctors in the maternity ward, as well as in the forced sterilization of some female patients. Martha reunites with her lesbian married lover, Leontine, who is studying to mittagsfrwu a doctor.

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You are commenting using your Facebook account. It covers the time from the end of WWI until the early ‘s in Germany.

Franck’s book is an attempt to provide the answers that he himself was unable to give, even on his deathbed. Yet, the cover panders to the mittagsrfau reader and in doing so, does a disservice to the novel itself.

Franck’s novel is a thought-provoking and, at times, unsettling and disturbing story of one person’s deep love and loss, loneliness and rejection, responsibility and neglect, and the mittagefrau, sometimes incomprehensible, will to survive. Aug 27, Elizabeth Higginbotham rated it really liked it. In the devastating opening scene, a woman named Helene stands with her seven-year-old son in a provincial German railway station inamid the chaos of civilians fleeing west.


Das Buch ist sehr lesenswert, wunderbar grausam und ehrlich, und ein klasse Ende.

Everyone seems to love this book. And very few aspects of her life were really under her control. Helene becomes pregnant with Peter.

This title was put on the longlist for Best Translated Book Award Wilhelm interrupted her, tapping the boy on the back of the neck. In fact, you would not feel that the book is about racism except for the small incidents scattered in the main storyline like a Jewish boy mauled by soldiers for stealing food and Helene is a spectator instead of the main actor. She finds a way out of the impending doom by marrying a German who helps her with false papers that identify her as Anna, a German citizen, but their marriage yields nothing but the child.

Eine Zeitlang scheint das Leben es gut mit ihnen zu doe, doch die Wirtschaftskrise der 30ger Jahre bringt auch die reiche Tante irgendwann an ihre Grenzen und das Leben geht erneut dem Elend entgegen. There is nothing new about the storyline, you say?

The Blindness of the Heart by Julia Franck

Literally translated the word means “midday woman” or “midday wife”, which, however would not have any meaning. She returns to work, her nursing skills much needed and ever more so as the war progresses.

So Fie is brought up mostly by her elder sister Martha, whom she adores even though she is repeatedly abused in a kind of incest. The author, German novelist Julia Franck born was 39 years old when this book, The Blind Side of the Heart was first published in German language.

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I really don’t mind drama in a book, terrible things happen, but I at least want to sympathize with one character and there was just nothing to hold on to. The sisters, daughters of a mentally ill Jewish mother and a German father, move to Berlin to follow their dreams, and find everything but. On the death of their father, seriously wounded in World War One, Helene and her older sister, Marthe, leave their small town milieu in Bautzen for Berlin where their Aunt Fanny puts them up.


Even though Martha abuses Helene, Helene never rebels or hates, she merely accepts how love is given to her. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

They virtually have to care for themselves after their father goes off to fight in WW1 and comes back seriously injured; their mother meanwhile goes gradually insane.

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This site uses cookies. Almost without knowing it, Helene finds herself in a new life juloa a new city, in an intolerable personal situation which, though certainly fueled by the political climate, seems to have come out of nowhere.

The marriage is horribly abusive: By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

A Novel of Love and War about French trench warfare when its author, Sebastian Faulks borndid not even witness any of the two world wars. By the end, the reader empathizes with her choices even though it may be wrong. Apr 17, K.

Helene is a character raised to be used and despite her strong will to survive, her intelligence, history and circumstance do not allow her to flourish. Return to Book Page.