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Michael Cunningham's A Home at the End of the World: A Novel PDF

By Michael Cunningham

ISBN-10: 0312202318

ISBN-13: 9780312202316

From Michael Cunningham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The Hours, comes this largely praised novel of 2 boyhood associates: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and uncertain of himself; and Bobby, hip, darkish, and inarticulate. In manhattan after university, Bobby strikes in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who's homosexual, to father Clare's baby. Then, while Clare and Bobby have a child, the 3 movement to a small apartment upstate to elevate "their" baby jointly and, with a strange good friend, Alice, create a brand new form of kinfolk. A domestic on the finish of the World masterfully depicts the charged, fragile relationships of city existence today.

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Officially, they were no longer Habsburg Austrians but citizens of the Romanian kingdom, and as such they shared the status of a national minority with all the ethnic Germans of the region: “Wir als deklarierte (und deklassierte) Ci-devant-Österreicher, waren — ob wir’s wollten oder nicht — den sogenannten Volksdeutschen zugeordnet” (73). 44 Ethnic Germans and Austrian Germans lost their dominant position in the region, while Romanians, the subject people, gained power. The Ukrainians exchanged one oppressive system for another; and the Jews, for the most part German speakers, tried 26 E “POSTCOLONIAL” BUKOVINA IN REZZORI’SBLUMEN IM SCHNEE to immigrate to the Republic of Austria, while others waited to see what attitude the new political regime would adopt toward them.

This romantic picture of life in the mountains becomes rather misleading, however, as the immediate reasons for the poverty and primitiveness are not addressed. According to historical sources, one cause of the economic backwardness in the rural parts of Austrian Bukovina was that Austrians made few investments that stood to benefit the local population. 65 Though affectionate at times, Kassandra’s portrait reflects the colonialist thinking of Gregor’s class. People around Gregor refer to Kassandra as “ein Tier” (7), “die Wilde” (9), or “Gorillaweibchen” (9).

Alles Wunderbare der Weltentdeckung vollzieht sich unter ihrem Schutz, mit ihrer Förderung. Für jedermann sonst ist sie eine Halbwilde. Meine Mutter kam nie mit ihr zurecht, würde sie fortgeschickt haben, hätte sie nicht intuitiv begriffen, daß ich ohne Kassandra nicht existieren konnte. (15) 40 E “POSTCOLONIAL” BUKOVINA IN REZZORI’SBLUMEN IM SCHNEE As this passage illustrates, Kassandra functions foremost as Gregor’s mother figure: “Ich habe ihr [Kassandra] sämtliche Rechte williger eingeräumt als meiner leiblichen Mutter” (35).

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