“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 military experiment gone awry, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival but also self-renewal.
The Wall is at once a simple and moving journal - with 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.
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Strange, moving and unforgettable
Strange, moving and unforgettable.
There is only one character and while we know little about her events render her "identity" irrelevant and instead we get to know the interior soul of this woman and she is utterly compelling.
I haven't but the performance is excellent.
There is no one moment in the book rather the whole atmosphere and subtext of the book is very powerful.
This book is unlike anything I have read or listened to before I choose it after seeing the film based on the book which was also excellent and the book did not disappoint. It would be hard to categorise this book as just one thing it touches on ecology, spirituality, feminism but in an oblique fashion which is devastating and profound. This book could be called science fiction but it really is in a class of its own. Highly recommended to anyone considering it.