Claire-Louise Bennett: Mark Walsh

Claire-Louise Bennett

Claire-Louise Bennett is the author of Checkout 19. Her book Pond was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and winner of the inaugural White Review Short Story Prize. Her short fiction and essays have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and other publications. She lives in Galway, Ireland.

The Wall

Fiction by Marlen Haushofer

Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside

With a contribution by Claire-Louise Bennett

While vacationing in a hunting lodge in the Austrian mountains, a middle-aged woman awakens one morning to find herself separated from the rest of the world by an invisible wall. With a cat, a dog, and a cow as her sole companions, she learns how to survive and cope with her loneliness. Allegorical yet deeply personal and absorbing, The Wall is at once a critique of modern civilization, a nuanced and loving portrait of a relationship between a woman and her animals, a thrilling survival story, a Cold War-era dystopian adventure, and a truly singular feminist classic.…
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