By Emmanuel Bove

Translated by means of Nathalie Favre-Gilly
Afterword by way of Keith Botsford

Paris within the Nineteen Thirties: Louis Grandeville has a stunning spouse, a pleasant domestic, a devoted servant, and a wide circle of well-placed neighbors. His monetary state of affairs doesn't require him to paintings. but Louis is obsessed via the nagging fact that he by no means has and not will volume to whatever. He believes his existence is without any affection or target, stuffed as a substitute with one thousand trifles meant to alleviate its monotony, and populated with humans he seeks out to prevent being by myself yet for whom he cares little.

Every few days for one wintry weather, Louis writes down the main points of his unsatisfied marriage. even if his spouse, Madeleine, is the point of interest of his magazine, his painstakingly rendered analyses of her habit let us know extra approximately him than her, and concerning the damage humans can do to each other. Unsparing and insightful, A Winter's Journal is still essentially the most devastating novels ever written at the self-destructive impulse found in all marriages.

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Born in 1924, an enthusiastic Nazi and member of the League of German Girls (Bund deutscher Mädchen), recorded her memories of the war's end in a poem: The blue, sun-filled days are lost and scatteredI hardly know how. I barely carried their touch in my heart.  And we do not shed tears over them. The star-filled nights, full of love, are dreams from another time. Page 11 And if it were to stay spring outside forever they are far awayGod only knows how far. Yes, it is daybut gray surrounds the earth.

KPD poster proclaiming communist support for mothers and children. 22. " 23. CDU poster linking political and religious appeals to women. 24. " 25. CDU poster portraying a woman who "can buy again," thanks to economic recovery. 26. CDU electoral appeal featuring Franz-Josef Wuermeling, family minister. 27. Depiction of Germany's declining family size, 1954. 28. CSU poster calling for the reelection of Konrad Adenauer. 29. CDU/CSU poster attempting to link the SPD to social and economic problems in East Germany.

May 1945 marks a "zero hour" (Stunde Null), a new beginning, which will ultimately bring West Germans to the Federal Republic and the economic miracle. Can this periodization adequately make sense of German women's experience in the thirties and forties? 's husband was drafted. He went off to war, leaving her in Darmstadt with their three-year-old daughter, Gisela, and their son Willy, only a year old. At first, Frau E and her children managed to survive his absence quite successfully. She found work as a postal carrier; her income, supplemented by the separation allowance paid to her as a military wife, allowed her to open a savings account and to indulge her children's food fantasies.

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