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I loved this book–so much so that I made my boyfriend listen to me read passages and ultimately recommended it to ‘brave’ friends, those feuchtgeviete would soldier on thru the scab ingestion, toilet seat-genital rubbing, and sniffing out menstruators.

Her story is also a manifesto against prissy Anglo-American hygiene habits: She left school after the 11th grade, at the age of 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.

Review: Wetlands by Charlotte Roche | Books | The Guardian

The major part of Wetlands is made up of Helen’s thoughts, reminiscences and sexual fantasies while confined to her hospital bed. Newer Post Older Post Home. Helen is not one of those women. After successfully auditioning for the German music channel Vivashe worked there for several years as a video jockey and presenter, as well on the sister channel Viva Zweiwhere she presented her show Fast Forward.

The film was widely distributed in Europe.

When visiting public lavatories, Helen likes to “rub the entire seat with my pussy before I sit down”. The novel makes reference to a family tragedy in Roche’s own life: Her secret plan is to reunite her father and mother by having them visit her at the same time.


She abhors personal hygiene and enjoys many of the bodily fluids which are secreted or excreted from it, be it mucuspusearwaxsmegmablood including menstrual bloodsweator tearsbut also men’s spermall of which she ” recycles ” by putting them into her mouth and swallowing them.

A sexually active woman since she was fifteen, she has had sex with lots of men and boys and describes herself as continuously randy. It’s a difficult road to freedom, but is calling one’s labia “ladyfingers” truly a leap forward? When she learns that her surgery, which included the removal of haemorrhoidshas been successful and she is going to be released soon, she desperately looks for means to prolong her hospital stay.

At the end of the novel the doctor tells Helen she can go home and she asks Robin if she can go live with him. Anyway, never again should a true Brit complain about Germans draping their towels over sun loungers.

During this time she falls in love with her favourite male nurse called Robin and tries to draw the young man into her world. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Charlotte Roche. In a series of interviews Roche explained that cleanliness and above all pedantic care for their own bodies, including the use of artificial scents such as perfumehave been inculcated upon women for ages; that this obstructs their—not just sexual—self-realisation; and that the fear of harmful ” bacteria ” has been vastly exaggerated.

Another is that people are primarily concerned with niceness in their pursuit of sexual fulfilment. And yet, despite all this, for a time last year Wetlands was the number one bestseller in the world.

She molests barbecue tongs and avocado pits. There is something here to offend everyone!

In Mayshe appeared on the cover of Emma magazine, the most renowned feminist publication in Germany. Occasionally, some oafish doctor comes in and says something oafish this part is quite believable. Roche also feels that women struggle with self-expression. The novel’s basic premise fechtgebiete that Helen has had sex, feels great about that, and is generally at home and easy with human fluids in a way that teuchtgebiete rest of us are not.


English television presenters English erotica writers People from High Wycombe births Living people German-language writers English women writers English expatriates in Germany Women erotica writers.

And she seems like such a nice girl…

Surely both genders are equally tongue-tied when it comes to sex. But mostly, she thinks, in the great German tradition. Doctors are forever peering into covered dishes and devising stool charts. One is that her heroine’s body – and its products – are somehow shocking. That said, it’s not a politically radical text on every front. Wetlands The cover of the first edition, February Autobiographical novelErotic novel.

This room is occupied by Helen Memel, the novel’s year-old narrator, who has been admitted roachh a self-inflicted injury. Here’s a review I saw the other day.

Roche is a representative of Germany’s new feminist generation.

Retrieved 27 December 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.

Some of this may be down to the translation: