Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman by Friedrich Christian Delius
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In Rome one January afternoon in 1943, a young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. The war is for her little more than a daydream, until she realizes that her husband might never return. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, winner of the prestigious Georg Büchner prize, is a mesmerizing psychological portrait of the human need to safeguard innocence and integrity at any cost--even at the risk of excluding reality. More than just the story of this single woman, it is a compelling and credible description of a typical young German woman during the Nazi era.



 

About Friedrich Christian Delius

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Friedrich Christian Delius, one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary German writers, was born in 1943 and lives in Berlin and Rome. He has published fifteen novels and five poetry collections, and has recently written the libretto for Prospero by Luca Lombardi. He has won most of Germany's prestigious literary awards--including the Joseph Breitbach Prize, the Georg Büchner Prize, and the Critics Prize--and his books have been translated into seventeen languages. Jamie Bulloch has been a professional translator since 2001. His most recent works include The Sweetness of Life by Paulus Hochgatterer and Ruth Maier’s Diary.
 
Published January 31, 2012 by FSG Originals. 128 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And while she finds the vestiges of its pagan culture mildly disturbing, she nonetheless looks forward to the days when she and her husband can enjoy “Roman delights.” The specific horrors of the war figure little in her thoughts, other than a vague recognition that the Führer who "places himself...

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More than just the story of this single woman, it is a compelling and credible description of a typical young German woman during the Nazi era.

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Full Stop

Friedrich Christian Delius’s novella, Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, begins with the protagonist, a German woman in Rome in the winter of 1943, recalling her Italian doctor’s advice: “Walk, young lady, walk if you want to walk, the child will like it if you walk.” The woman, it is clear...

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The Coffin Factory

About half of the blurbs from the press release for Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman refer to Friedrich Christian Delius’ new book as “a masterpiece.” The renowned German author has won most of his country’s prestigious literary awards and must be used to critical acclaim, but anyone who ...

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