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Es geht uns gut : Roman (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Arno Geiger

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Title:Es geht uns gut : Roman
Authors:Arno Geiger
Info:München : Carl Hanser Verlag, cop. 2005.
Collections:Luetut 2013
Rating:****
Tags:Itävalta: 1900-luku, 2000-luku, perhesuhteet, politiikka, sota

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Es geht uns gut by Arno Geiger (2005)

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This is a multi-generation family centering around a villa in the bourgeois Viennese suburb of Hietzing, and covering a time period from the 1930s to 2001. So, there's obviously a Buddenbrooks thing going on in the background, with family events linked to significant events in Austrian history, but the episodes are not presented in a chronological sequence, so that we have to fill in a lot of gaps ourselves, and make guesses that later might - or might not - turn out to be right. And whilst Buddenbrooks is about the gradual collapse of the family and its strong, shared values, Geiger evidently wants to show us a family where the necessary ties between generations and between husband and wife were never there in the first place. The patriarch Richard is shown trying to continue to hold the family together according to a system of values that wasalready out of date in his parents' time (whilst by no means living up to those values himself); his grandson Philipp is equally futilely trying to disconnect himself from his family and their past.

A rather depressing novel, but also occasionally very perceptive and funny in its descriptions of upper middle-class life. And sometimes very perceptive: Geiger seems to have gone to a lot of trouble to make the chapters written from the perspective of the women in the family ring true. ( )
1 vote thorold | Aug 26, 2016 |
This novel is about several generations of a Viennese family. Geiger uses beautiful literary prose to describe the moments when nothing happens. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Jul 31, 2010 |
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Er hat nie darüber nachgedacht, was es heißt, daß die Toten uns überdauern.
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