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See my full review on YouTube here was easy to love this imperfect novel translated from the German by Tess Lewis and overlook its flaws because of all that worked a powerful tale about a young Slovenian Austrian girl growing up in the 1960s with parents and This book is presented as a novel, but it s hard, in reading it, not to think of it as a memoir I have given some thought to what makes a novel read as a memoir and I can t quite pinpoint it but maybe we expect a novel to have a certain dymanic form, and to be shaped by certain dramatic occurrences and by a certain progressive development This book is driven by the urgency of telling a story that hasn t been told, that of the Slovenian minority in Austria during WWII This, too, felt memoiristic rather than novelistic to me, in this particular book, though of course this needn t be the case for every book driven by a historical urgency In any case, I was captured by the writing for most of the book the protagonist s childhood, the increasingly haunting memories that fell her family and many of her fellow villagers, and that eventually fill up her mind Her collapse under the cumulative weight of all this silenced, unprocessed past The unrecognition of Austro Slovenian partisans both by the Austrian and the then Yugoslavian governments, the former because the partisans a Mostly not my kind of thing, but extremely artful and interesting in its own way The early chapters are bucolic, which is nice for about twenty pages, but perhaps ran on for too long by far the interesting sections of the book are towards the end, when Haderlap starts playing with history, dreams, and ideas, rather than reporting the details of Grandmother s herb drying technique But that s or less unavoidable this is a linear bildungsroman, and Haderlap is an intelligent enough author that she doesn t want to start out all sophisticated, when the focal character is a child Later in the novel, Haderlap confesses that it is hard for her to write in the first person, which explains much of the novel like Anthony Powell s Dance to the Music of Time, this is a book about a person who barely even exists in the book she or he, in Powell acting as a camera than as a consciousness for most of the time Here s what Grandmother did, what Father said, what Mother felt very little, though, about what grand daughter daughter felt, said, or did, until she s suddenly an acclaimed poet No doubt plenty of readers will have my experience upside down, very much appreciating the rich details of the first half, and feeling alienated by the cold events of the second half As a reading experience, this will doubtless frustrate almost everyone as a work of art, it is exceptional Soft, poetic treatment of the searing effects of World War II trauma on Slovenians, but all the effective for being understated A young girl gradually learns fragments of memories from her grandmother and father Beautifully written with sensitivity but never maudlin. Thank you to Archipelago for sending me a copy of this book.I have to be totally honest, I ve never read War books before, so I sadly have nothing to compare with The book is a novel, but I couldn t help myself thinking that it really is a memoir and it actually is based on the author s life Angel of Oblivion is based on the experiences of Maja Haderlap s family and the Slovenian speaking minority in southern Austria, many of whom fought as partisans against the Nazis during the Second World War The story centers on the experiences of a young girl learning to navigate the terrain between two hostile communities and two extremely burdened languages Slovenian, a language of heroic resistance and continued humiliation, and German, an escape from her stifling rural upbringing but also the language of the camps which her grandmother barely survived and many other family members didn t Engaging with themes of tolerance and integration of minority communities, the burden of history, the effects of conflicts on survivors and their children, and language s role in shaping identity, Haderlap s novel strikes at problems of paramount importance Ein wundervolles und zugleich schreckliches Dokument europ ischer Geschichte, das uns erinnern soll an das Unheil des Krieges, Familientrag dien und das Dilemma der Sprachlosigkeit. This book has been on my shelf for a few months When I started to read it I recognized some of the location names because I had just been putting together the itinerary for a trip my husband and I will be taking in August that starts in Slovenia We will be spending a week on a bicycle tour that meanders back and forth across the borders of Italy, Austria, and Slovenia The Austrian State of Carinthia lies along the borders of Italy and Slovenia In connection with this book, this description of the language spoken in the area from Wikipedia resonated The main language is German Its regional dialects belong to the Southern Bavarian group Carinthian Slovene dialects, which predominated in the southern part of the region up to the first half of the 20th century, are now spoken by a small minority After reading the GR blurb on the author, my feeling that this was an autobiographical novel was reinforced It says about this book Her award winning poetic text is a three generations family history, and highlights the resistance of the Carinthian Slovenes against the German Nazi Wehrmacht The narrator of the book whom I think of as the author proceeds to remember her life in a mostly chronological manner from when she was a child Her grandmother is predominant in her early memories Her grandmother sometimes told her stories about the Ravensbruck concentration camp and her journey back to Carinthian Her grandfather and her father and his brother were Relatively alinear, absolutely eastern European, associative, autobiographical or at least very true seeming novel mostly about the narrator s coming of age and awareness after WWII Her father was a partisan who resisted the Nazis, a drinker, a smoker, scarred for life by a few years on the run The usual WWII atrocity exhibition, agrarian peasant life shattered by modernity and war, a consciousness coming into its own very much affected by the reverberations of conflict around her, expressing itself ultimately in poetry art Very straightforward language at first when the narrator is young becomes progressively lyrical, unpredictable, sometimes a little flighty in an non annoying way as she matures, interspersed with exposition almost like a hastily written history book A pleasant read if you like the occasional paragraphless list of brutalities and suicides Gave me a nightmare in which I escape Angel Of Oblivion Is Based On The Experiences Of Maja Haderlap S Family And The Slovenian Speaking Minority In Southern Austria, Many Of Whom Fought As Partisans Against The Nazis During The Second World War The Story Centers On The Experiences Of A Young Girl Learning To Navigate The Terrain Between Two Hostile Communities And Two Extremely Burdened Languages Slovenian, A Language Of Heroic Resistance And Continued Humiliation, And German, An Escape From Her Stifling Rural Upbringing But Also The Language Of The Camps Which Her Grandmother Barely Survived And Many Other Family Members Didn T Engaging With Themes Of Tolerance And Integration Of Minority Communities, The Burden Of History, The Effects Of Conflicts On Survivors And Their Children, And Language S Role In Shaping Identity, Haderlap S Novel Strikes At Problems Of Paramount Importance To Our World Today.