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About the Author: Birgit Vanderbeke

Birgit Vanderbeke (born 8 August 1956 in Dahme, Brandenburg) is a German writer. Vanderbeke grew up in Frankfurt am Main after her family moved to West Germany in 1961. She studied Law, Germanic and Romance languages. The English translation of her debut novel, Das Muschelessen, by Jamie Bulloch was published in 2013 by Peirene Press as The Mussel Feast. Since 1993 she has been living in southern France.

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Paperback, Published in Feb 2013 by Peirene Press

ISBN10: 1908670088 | ISBN13: 9781908670083

Page count: 105

The modern German classic that has shaped an entire generation.

A mother and her two teenage children sit at the dinner table. In the middle stands a large pot of cooked mussels. Why has the father not returned home? As the evening wears on, we glimpse the issues that are tearing this family apart.

"I wrote this book in August 1989, just before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I wanted to understand how revolutions start. It seemed logical to use the figure of a tyrannical father and turn the story into a German family saga."

- Birgit Vanderbeke

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