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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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The Appointment by Herta Muller
The Appointment

gomordecai, January 10, 2011

This is one of the most beautiful books I've read recently. Rather than relating a concrete personal history, the story lingers on the degradation of the human psyche and spirit through the unnamed narrator's stream-of-consciousness memories. We are given these memories haphazardly rather than chronologically as her mind wanders from one past incident to the next; interspersed throughout are her detailed observations of her fellow bus-riders. Dialogue melds into narration, which can be confusing until the realization that it doesn't really matter who's saying what--the communist state has stripped everyone of their individuality and left them with nothing but desperation and mistrust. It is not an uplifting book, to say the least, but its prose and images are unerringly lovely yet, brilliantly and simultaneously, anxiety-ridden.
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