Claudia Schumacher opened her debut novel, Love Is Strong, with three lines from Louise Gluck’s Nobel Prize-winning poem: “You Can’t Trust Me. / For a Wounded Heart / A Wounded Soul.” The broken heart in this novel belongs to Julie Ehrlich, a very intelligent young woman from a good family, but always one for her haunted house I was. Because the father, a respected lawyer, not only beat her to the hospital, but also abused her brothers, her mother – and the girl’s practicing doctor’s uncle, the brother of a savage and psychopathic thug, by covering up the crimes. Instead of going to the police, the mother helped her bully husband crime scene cleanerRemove blood stains from the carpet. Claudia Schumacher talks about the taboo subject of domestic violence.
violence in the wealthy haunted house
The fact that this happens here in an upper-middle-class family is fiction, but still has a lot to do with reality, Schumacher, who previously worked as a journalist, explains in an interview: “I have dealt with this for many years. What has always surprised me is that in public discourse it was It is already talked about as a matter of problem families, often using the keywords alcoholic father and risky family relationships – which is not the case.Statistically speaking, it goes through every Milieus and there are very few well-off families in which it occurs, with a certain frequency in families of the professor, which I found very interesting during my research.” Schumacher’s impressive account was at its most grotesque when, in his father’s absence, he was ruined childwhose violent acts are eloquently condemned. Then when his mother flatly denies the danger he poses, she wears a turtleneck sweater even in the summer to cover the bruises and spots on her neck caused by his abuse.
Victims cover offender
This is sometimes referred to in the novel as a mixture of “self-hate and family shame”. As a result, nothing is leaking out from the terrible things happening in this suburban mansion. The writer made her hero once deservedly say that the father – the monster “muffled” everyone. A typical pattern of behavior: “Sure. Well, it was clear to me during the research period that these were patterns, and that is what the novel was about for me. On the one hand, I wanted to tell the fictional story of Julie Honor in a detailed and accurate way, but at the same time also publish the plot Psychological patterns of behavior in domestic violence, which are universal and can be found again and again.This has now been confirmed by Reader: Inner Reactions.Many write to me: this is my story. I honor July. I think this is common. However, many adults have experienced this pressure to remain silent so much, and their parents have downplayed what they have been through and suffered so much that even in adulthood they set the record straight and downplayed it and said it. Yes, it was glued once. You have to admit to yourself how dangerous it is to catch a painful memory, because the silence is so deep. ”
A professional player like the protagonist
Julie, the heroine of Schumacher’s novel, as a woman who lives far from her parents’ home, says that her childhood days still haunt her: “The old horror ambushes me and keeps pounces on me. To this day it eats from the inside leaving me burned. I’m helpless.” Champion Claudia Schumacher, as a professional, as a computer gamer in Counter-Strike, earning money in international tournaments and obtaining a doctorate in mathematics at the same time, alone gives a feeling of “the ability to immerse yourself in the logic of numbers”, security and support. The other lifeblood is its sense of humor, and its gentle charm, which gives the novel a wonderful fast-paced voice and the first-person narrator—a strange word in this context—brilliant quick wit. Which brings us back to the negative side, because the father’s excessive aggressiveness and willingness to use violence appears to be transmitted to the children. He also sleeps in with Julie and her brother Bruno and neither of them can completely suppress him. She loses her temper, suddenly bumps into the baton bouncer and then doesn’t remember it. How do these whims come about in this person who vacillates between lesbian love and direct love? Love is strong, it is said: “I really wanted it, love. But it was always about strength, and when I had the impression that I was losing control, big riots began.” When Claudia Schumacher was asked about the title of her novel, she said in an interview with BR: “It also seems like this paradox: love always has something overwhelming. It’s about great feelings in the novel, and there are people for whom love has always been love – hate is inherent. I get it. How can love and hate be so closely related in some families? Why do people brutalize their most important neighbors and loved ones? I have found it very interesting to trace this in the literature.”
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Claudia Schumacher: “Love is strong.” dtv. 372 pages, €22.00