Shaun Whiteside

Shaun Whiteside

Shaun Whiteside is a translator of French, Dutch, German, and Italian literature.

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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