Rights sold: Paperback (German), Book Club (German)
Format 110x190 Hardcover
EUR 9,90 / sFr 18,90
published in August 2004
The Convent School
Barbara Frischmuth's stirring début: the narrow world of a Catholic boarding school, the pupils and their aspirations, the teachers and their rules – the expression of a strict upbringing designed to restrict freedom of feeling, thought and action.
The dorm is the place where we spend the night.
Out of the profusion of sayings, maxims and clichés, the true voice of the girls – no less skilfully inserted – occasionally breaks through. Barbara Frischmuth assumes the role of spokeswoman for a collective body, without identifying herself with it. The irony is unmistakable.
Paul Kruntorad, Nürnberger Nachrichten
Barbara Frischmuth was born in 1941 in Altaussee. She studied Turkish and Orientalistic Sciences. Numerous Publications, Awards and Book Prizes, e.g. Anton-Wildgans-Award (1974), Franz-Nabl-Literary Award (1999). She lives as a free-lanc author and translator in Altaussee.