Chapter 2 Melancholy Subjectivity in Monika Maron’s Endmoränen and Ach Glück
Introduction This chapter will examine the works of Monika Maron, focusing on her last novel, Endmoränen (End Moraines), which was published in 2002. Monika Maron spent most of her life in the former East Berlin: she lived there until 1988, at which time she moved to the Federal Republic; she has relocated to an area in the west of the city since unification. All of her work has been formed by her experiences in the GDR. Each of her novels is a prime example of a melancholy sensibility, in particular Endmoränen. While Flugasche (Flight of Ashes), Die Überläuferin (The Defector) and Stille Zeile Sechs (Silent Close No. 6) are set in the GDR, her last three novels, Animal triste, Endmoränen and Ach Glück (Oh, Happiness), were written after reunification. The dif ficulty of life under the GDR regime forms the backdrop to her earlier narratives and motivates the melancholy of the main protago- nists; the latter novels, however, are even more melancholic, especially Endmoränen, in which an atmosphere of melancholy pervades the whole narrative. Endmoränen is related from the point of view of the main pro- tagonist, as are most of Maron’s novels, with the exception of Flugasche, in which the second half of the novel is related by a third-person narrator. The novel is set in Basekow, a village in the former East, not far from Berlin. The moraines of the title refer to the hilly landscape surrounding this village, which was...
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