Epic architecture is dead

Is agnes dead? - interpretation


Is agnes dead?

Work order

  1. What hints in the text suggest this solution?

Peter Stamm commented on this in an interview:

"Well, the correspondence is not that clear. You don't really know whether she's doing what he wrote down. For him she does it, I think, that rather shows what kind of mental state he's in, that doesn't happen anymore can think differently than that Agnes prefers what has written. I often say in schools when the question arises that it is unlikely that she will kill herself. Psychologically: what would I do if a friend wrote about me that I was myself Then I would probably say, this relationship has no basis anymore. Or maybe I better go away, but I definitely wouldn't kill myself.

But that's not so important either, the book is not about describing a real relationship, but in a sense it is about showing the power of the relationship. ... "

(Peter Stamm on the occasion of the Sankelmark conference in Schleswig Holstein 2010 / in: Literature in class . Scientific publishing house Trier 12th year, issue 3, 2011)


Work order

  1. With this in mind, interpret the second version of the end of the story of Agnes. Pay particular attention to the sentence " Slowly she regained the feeling ... "

The wind was gusty. The roar in Agnes' ears masked every other sound, every thought. She got lost on the winding paths and had to look for a long time before she found her place in the forest again. The trees had lost their leaves and the lake was frozen over. But Agnes recognized the spot. She took off her gloves and ran her hands over the icy trunks of the trees. She didn't feel the cold, but she felt the scabby bark on her almost numb fingertips. Then she knelt and lay down, pressing her face into the powdery snow. Slowly she regained the feeling, first in her feet, in her hands, then in her legs and arms, it spread, wandered through her shoulders and lower abdomen to her heart until it penetrated her whole body and it seemed to her as if she were glowing in the snow, as if the snow had to melt under her.

(P. 152) [1]


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[1] Peter Stamm: Agnes . S. Fischer Verlag 2009, 5th edition, Fischer (Tb) © 1998 by Peter Stamm