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Works by Wolf Wondratschek

Self-Portrait with Russian Piano: A Novel (2018) 47 copies, 1 review
Mara (2003) 20 copies, 2 reviews
Chuck's Zimmer (1990) 10 copies
Mozarts Friseur (2002) 8 copies
Kelly-Briefe (1998) 7 copies
Das Geschenk (2011) 6 copies
Mittwoch (2013) 6 copies

Associated Works

Ruckzuck: Die schnellsten Geschichten der Welt II (2008) — Author, some editions — 6 copies
Neues vom Rumpelstilzchen und andere Haus-Märchen von 43 Autoren (1981) — Contributor, some editions — 5 copies

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Novel about aging and bereavement that is contemplative and philosophical... While not much happens in Wondratschek's multi-layered narrative, which muses on language, art, politics, and history, there is much to consider. Even Wondratschek manages to throw in a few gags. This book will be enjoyable for anyone who enjoys Thomas Mann and Elias Canetti, even though it is a melancholy read.
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jwhenderson | Nov 29, 2022 |
Anyone will have thought of or made the casual observation that it might be interesting to know the life history of some ancient object, whether a book, a diamond, or a Stradivarius violoncello. That is exactly what Wolf Wondratschek does in the novel entitled Mara. Eine Erzählung. But how interesting is that really?

We do not cringe at the narrative voice of Pinocchio because he is a boy, or at least, he looks like and wants to be a boy. But a violoncello, Mara, that tells its life history in the form of a first-person narrative, is a bit embarrassing.

The author, or his editor, may have felt something like that as well. After about 80 pages, there is a marked change of focus, from narration about the life of the object, to narration about the life of some of its owners. These 80 pages, from pp. 89 - 167 are uninspired and boring.

On page 167, the focus returns to the life of Mara, or rather, to a description of its death.... and resurrection. Photographs of the complete destruction of the violoncello, and a final photo of Heinrich Schiff playing "The Mara" in 1997, show the reader that "Mara's" story is based in reality.
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