LIFE IS A TEMPORARY STATE
- Life, death and what lies between. Gabriele von Arnim writes about the ten years following her husband’s stroke.
- "They really do exist, these seconds that change your entire life, that rob you of all certainty and leave you staring emptily into a future you don’t understand. A stroke, ten days later, catapulted him out of everything he had lived so far. And she became the wife of the sick man." - Gabriele von Arnim
- English sample translation available.
In this brilliantly written account, Gabriele von Arnim writes dramatically, intimately and laconically about living with and in her husband’s condition, telling the story of a life ravaged, of dying and loneliness.
After her husband’s two strokes, Gabriele von Arnim spent ten years living with him and his disability. It is not his brain’s speech centre, but his articulation centre that has been affected. He can find the right words, but they sound like small exploding firecrackers. And then the sentences just hang in the air. In this literary text, the well-known journalist and author describes the fine line between caring and encroachment, affection and bossiness. When do attempts to help end in humiliating degradation? When does self-sacrifice become merciless? How do you balance out being in the disability as well as being in life? Life is a Temporary State is a passionate narrative, as cool as it is tender, of a beleaguered life.