The Wall


By Marlen Haushofer; Translation by Shaun Whiteside; Afterword by film director Julian Roman Polsler

"I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead" writes the heroine of Marlen Haushofer's The Wall, a quite ordinary, unnamed middle-aged woman who awakens to find she is the last living human being.

Surmising her solitude is the result of a too successful military experiment, she begins the terrifying work of not only survival, but self-renewal.

The Wall is at once a simple and moving chronicle - of potatoes and beans, of hoping for a calf, of counting matches, of forgetting the taste of sugar and the use of one's name - and a disturbing meditation on 20th century history.

Now a major motion picture from Music Box Films, The Wall is a haunting study of what a person can love when everything has been taken away.

Paperback: 244 pages
Publisher: Cleis Press; 3rd edition (June 2013)
ISBN-13: 9781573449069
Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm

*Watch the trailer for the 2013 film adaptation of The Wall...