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""The Wall" is gripping, please trust me, though why is still somewhat of a mystery to me. How does Haushofer make a woman's minute reflections of being alone so fascinating? Haushofer writes cleanly and brilliantly, with masterful precision."
--New England Review

""The Wall" is a wonderful novel. It is not often that you can only say a woman could have written this book, but women in particular will understand the heroine's loving devotion to the details of making and keeping life, every day felt as a victory against everything that would like to undermine and destroy. It is as absorbing as Robinson Crusoe."--Doris Lessing
"This thoughtful eco-feminist novel (Austrian Haushofer's English debut) comments on modern life by describing its end...A woman (who never gives her name) recalls the two and ahalf years she has spent in a hunting lodge, her only companions a dog, some cats, a cow and a calf. However this forest makes a rugged Eden, and the menace lurking in the background is deadlier than a snake."--"Publishers Weekly"
"["The Wall"] assumes the shape and flavor of a journal...intensely introspective, probing as deeply into the psyche of the woman as it does into her world, which circumstances have placed in a new light. Subtly surreal, by turns claustrophobic and exhilarating, fixated with almost religious fervor on banal detail, this is a disturbing yet rewarding tale in which survival and femininity are strikingly merged. Not for macho readers."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"A compelling condemnation of the society that stifles individuals--and particularly women."--Belle Lettres
..".A story of survival that makes for great appreciation of the tasks involved."--"The Minnesota Daily"
"For those of us who champion the richness of women's literature around the world, "The Wall" is a great find...a compelling tale, morally rich and politically vibrant. The images leave the reader with a dramatically altered perception of the substance of daily life. Expansive and haunting, "The Wall" is a chronicle of ordinary living in the realm of the unthinkable."--New Words, Boston, Massachusetts
""The Wall," written in the unmistakable voice of a self-reliant woman, has an almost silent cumulative effect

"The novel and the film based upon Haushofer's masterwork gets at something of the human condition that no other work of fiction does--the truth of yourself when you are the last remaining member of the human race."
--Julian Roman Polsler
""The Wall" is a wonderful novel. It is not often that you can only say a woman could have written this book, but women in particular will understand the heroine's loving devotion to the details of making and keeping life, every day felt as a victory against everything that would like to undermine and destroy. It is as absorbing as Robinson Crusoe."--Doris Lessing
"This thoughtful eco-feminist novel (Austrian Haushofer's English debut) comments on modern life by describing its end...A woman (who never gives her name) recalls the two and ahalf years she has spent in a hunting lodge, her only companions a dog, some cats, a cow and a calf. However this forest makes a rugged Eden, and the menace lurking in the background is deadlier than a snake."--"Publishers Weekly"
"["The Wall"] assumes the shape and flavor of a journal...intensely introspective, probing as deeply into the psyche of the woman as it does into her world, which circumstances have placed in a new light. Subtly surreal, by turns claustrophobic and exhilarating, fixated with almost religious fervor on banal detail, this is a disturbing yet rewarding tale in which survival and femininity are strikingly merged. Not for macho readers."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"A compelling condemnation of the society that stifles individuals--and particularly women."--Belle Lettres
..".A story of survival that makes for great appreciation of the tasks involved."--"The Minnesota Daily"
"For those of us who champion the richness of women's literature around the world, "The Wall" is a great find...a compelling tale, morally rich and politically vibrant. The images leave the reader with a dramatically altered perception of the substance of daily life. Expan

"Chilling, fantastic, and deeply disturbing, "The Wall" is a modern classic."
--"She Magazine"
"The novel and the film based upon Haushofer's masterwork gets at something of the human condition that no other work of fiction does--the truth of yourself when you are the last remaining member of the human race."
--Julian Roman Polsler
""The Wall" is a wonderful novel. It is not often that you can only say a woman could have written this book, but women in particular will understand the heroine's loving devotion to the details of making and keeping life, every day felt as a victory against everything that would like to undermine and destroy. It is as absorbing as Robinson Crusoe."--Doris Lessing
"This thoughtful eco-feminist novel (Austrian Haushofer's English debut) comments on modern life by describing its end...A woman (who never gives her name) recalls the two and ahalf years she has spent in a hunting lodge, her only companions a dog, some cats, a cow and a calf. However this forest makes a rugged Eden, and the menace lurking in the background is deadlier than a snake."--"Publishers Weekly"
"["The Wall"] assumes the shape and flavor of a journal...intensely introspective, probing as deeply into the psyche of the woman as it does into her world, which circumstances have placed in a new light. Subtly surreal, by turns claustrophobic and exhilarating, fixated with almost religious fervor on banal detail, this is a disturbing yet rewarding tale in which survival and femininity are strikingly merged. Not for macho readers."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"I am almost haunted by this book. The main character echoes through my head with her strength through adversity."
--Kissin' Blue Karen
"A compelling condemnation of the society that stifles individuals--and particularly women."--Belle Lettres
..".A story of survival that makes for great appreciation of the tasks involved."--"The Minnesota Daily"
"For those of us who champion the richness of women's literature around the world, "The Wall" is a great find...a compelling tale, morally rich and politically vibrant. The images leave the reader with a dramatically altered perception of the substance of daily life. Expansive and haunting, "The Wall" is a chronicle of ordinary living in the realm of the unthinkable."--New Words, Boston, Massachusetts
""The Wall," written in the unmistakable voice of a self-reliant woman, has an almost silent cumulative effect. And all that silence adds up to something akin to a nuclear blast in the distance. I was impressed with the sustained tone and its ability to gently engage. The story is at once believable and inviting. "The Wall" is a sanctuary. I found it oddly inviting."--Endicott Booksellers, New York, New York
"Like "The Tin Drum," "The Wall" is a reconstitution of language and what it is to be human."--Border's Bookstore, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
""The Wall" could turn into a stead 'cult classic' in the '60s tradition."--Regulator Bookshop, Durham, North Carolina""The Wall" is gripping, please trust me, though why is still somewhat of a mystery to me. How does Haushofer make a woman's minute reflections of being alone so fascinating? Haushofer writes cleanly and brilliantly, with masterful precision."
--New England Review
""The Wall" could turn into a stead 'cult classic' in the '60s tradition."--Regulator Bookshop, Durham, North Carolina
""The Wall" is a challenging, disturbing, thought-provoking, beautiful book about the essentials in life. A really good book for a discussion group."
-- Charis Books, Atlanta
"The grippingly convincing tale of a lone woman's survival in nature will appeal to many readers of feminist utopian fantasy or sci-fi literature."
-- The Women's Review of Books
"Like J.M. Coetzee's "Life and Times of Richard K.," this is life laid bare; the habits of everyday existence giving way to passages of the purest profundity."
-- Rod Richards, Bookslinger, Inc., St. Paul
""The Wall" poses a special and refreshing challenge to the imagination. Its appearance in English is long overdue."
--Choice
"Imagine "Roninson Crusoe" has landed "On the Beach" and you will have some idea of what the book is like." -- The Bloomsbury Review
"Thank goodness for Cleis Press, which recently reprinted this book, a fascinating, surreal tale of individual courage against impossible obstacles."
-- Square Books, Oxford, MS
"A celebration of the survival instinct."
-- Regulator Bookshop
"Frighteningly good. A book not only written with a feminist's vision but with a novelist's rare grace."
--In Pittsburgh, Newsleekly
"It is a book that you will find yourself giving to family and friends, and one that you will re-read as your life changes and grows. It is a work of art that changes in scope and meaning each time you experience it. The Wall is a treasure. I recommend it to anyone wishing to be touched with awe and to be held in the hands of a gifted writer."
-- Gay and Lesbian Resource Center
"More than 20 years after the author's death, her voice still has the power to resonate. In fact, the book has been a feminist classic Europe since its publication in Germany in 1962."
-- New Directions for Women

From the Back Cover

"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 person. Accompanied by her dog, she begins the terrifying work of survival, and eventually, self-renewal. "The Wall" is at once a simple and moving chronicle--of growing 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. Now a major motion picture from Music Box Films, "The Wall" is a haunting study of what a person can love when everything has been taken away.

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