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Often, she is wearing puff-sleeves. Set in an anonymous German city, Wetlands is told by year-old Helen Memel, a schoolgirl who spends some days in the proctological ward of a hospital to be treated for an anal fissure caused by the careless shaving of her anal hair.

JD Salinger meets JG Ballard kind of approximates a description of the writing style, but really this is an irreverent, powerful female voice to rival Lydia Lunch or Kathy Acker or perhaps Lisa Carver. I have read pages, so I can’t assess the book in full, but I couldn’t wait to post about it when I woke up this morning.

And she seems like such a nice girl…

I’m not sure Roche has solved the problem here. Doctors are forever peering into covered dishes and devising stool charts.

She left school after the 11th grade, at the age of She abhors feuchrgebiete hygiene and enjoys many of the bodily fluids which are secreted or excreted from it, be it mucuspusearwaxsmegmablood including menstrual blood feuvhtgebiete, sweator tearsbut also men’s spermall of which she ” recycles ” by putting them into her mouth and swallowing them.


Do not be misled. When the novel was launched in Germany, audience members reportedly fainted at readings. There is something here to offend everyone! Rather, thank God it is only a towel. In the course of shaving her less talkative end, she managed to cut her anus with a razor.

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Another is that people are primarily concerned with niceness in their pursuit of sexual fulfilment. The debates of erotica vs. Disturbingly, this would suggest we are most our national selves when naked. Is “snail-tail” really an advance on “clitoris”?

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Has anyone else read it? But mostly, she thinks, in the great German tradition.

If it were, the immortal phrase “party equipment” would never have been invented. Some of this may be down to the translation: A sexually active woman since she was fifteen, she has had sex with lots of men and boys and describes herself as continuously randy. Although its title conjures up the poetic Fens it is possible to see why the British publishers avoided the more accurate translation “Moist Areas”Wetlands takes place entirely in a German hospital room.

And the shower attachment, of course. It’s actually very funny. While masturbating, Helen likes to hum Amazing Grace, which does go to illustrate the incredible diversity of human sexuality. As squeamish as I am about this kind of stuff, the book is feuchtgebieete making me squirm and laugh out loud at the same time. Wetlands was the world’s best-selling novel at Amazon. Generally, Wetlands touches upon a number of taboo topics not only in the sexual arena but also those that can be found in the society at large, particularly in dysfunctional families.


In other projects Charloyte Commons. It’s a totally insane and amazing transgressive novel that was a best-seller in Germany and has recently been translated into English. C harlotte Roche was born in High Wycombe dharlotte brought up in Germany. Posted by Tobi Vail at Views Read Edit View history.

Wetlands The cover of the first edition, February Stand too close to a colorectal surgeon and they’ll inevitably show you a picture of some object they’ve “delivered”. Retrieved 27 December It’s a difficult road to freedom, but is calling one’s labia “ladyfingers” truly a leap forward? There followed a period where she undertook anything that would shock and offend people — self-mutilation to paint with blood, drug experiments, or shaving her head.

After successfully auditioning for the German music channel Vivashe worked there for several years as a video jockey chqrlotte presenter, as well on the sister channel Viva Zweiwhere she presented her show Fast Forward.

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Surely both genders are equally tongue-tied when it comes to sex. This charootte was last edited on 19 Novemberat The film was widely distributed in Europe. Wrecked was published in