Friedrich Christian Delius; Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch
In Rome one January afternoon in 1943, a young German woman is on her way to listen to a Bach concert at the Lutheran church. The war is for her little more than a daydream, until she realizes that her husband might never return. Portrait of the Mother as a Young Woman, winner of the prestigious Georg Büchner prize, is a mesmerizing psychological portrait of the human need to safeguard innocence and integrity at any cost—even at the risk of excluding reality. More than just the story of this single woman, it is a compelling and credible description of a typical young German woman during the Nazi era.
“[A] distinct and lovely novella.” —Cameron Martin, The New York Times Book Review
“A revelation of humanism and hope almost musical in its intensity.”—Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian
“Bulloch’s excellent translation keeps the supple and rhythmic flow of Delius’s language. This is a small masterpiece.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“For, ultimately, it is what we know about the tragedy of World War II, and what Margherita does not, or will not . . . that gives this miniature its power.” —Time Out London
“Delius understands the forces that shape Germany and has the gift to articulate joy, beauty and love.” —The Independent