Jigsaw Puzzles: Female Perception and Self in Brigitte Kronauer's "A Day That Didn't End Hopelessly after All"
- Women in German Yearbook: Feminist Studies in German Literature & Culture
- University of Nebraska Press
- Volume 13, 1997
- pp. 171-187
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This essay analyzes one of Brigitte Kronauer's early stories, which magically draw readers into a fragmented, ambiguous reality and then challenge them to question their everyday experience. Their highly sophisticated structures, their "furor of precision," and simple, yet blindingly clear language illustrate the author's redefinition of literary reality. In "Ein Tag, der zuletzt doch nicht im Sande verlief" we accompany an increasingly anxious narrator in her effort to perceive the vertiginous world and herself. When the last episode ends with her "complete satisfaction," we are nevertheless required to create a full picture out of seemingly unrelated pieces—the Odyssey of female maturation. (JI)