Die Flut/The Flood/L’inondazione/D/E/I

Da ich das hochinteressante Buch « The Flood of the Year” (Das Jahr der Flut) von Margaret Atwood am Lesen bin und gleichzeitig den neuen Gutenberg Editor ausprobieren wollte, habe ich nun versucht einen kurzen Beitrag zu kreieren. Die Bilder sind von unseren tollen Reisen aus längst vergangenen Tagen!

Der Ausflug in die spekulative Welt der Schriftstellerin und einer möglichen Pandemie, den sie bereits 2009 unternahm, hat mir klar gemacht, wie nah ihre Geschichte schon damals an der Realität war.

Der moderne sehr gebildete Mensch, sei es auf dem Gebiet der Chemie, Wirtschaft, Umwelt, Genetik oder Atomwissenschaft hat doch, so verstehe ich, mit seiner Dummheit vorbildlich gezeigt, wie man Tod und Verderben provozieren kann, ohne die Schuld einer Gottheit zuschieben zu müssen!

Das Buch beginnt mit folgendem Gedicht: (meine Übersetzung)

Wer passt auf meinen Garten auf, oh meinen doch so grünen Garten

Es war einst der schönste Garten, der je gesehen wurde und in ihm schwammen, flogen und spielten Gottes Kreaturen,

aber dann kamen die gierigen Verderber und rotteten alle aus


Auf Seite 36 lese ich: (von mir übersetzt)

«Gemäss Adam One, war der Fall der Menschheit multidimensional. Die früheren Primaten sind von den Bäumen gefallen und haben dann vom vegetarischen Essen zum Fleischkonsum gewechselt. Dann sind sie vom Instinkt zum Verstand und zur Technologie abgefallen.»

Dieses Buch hat sicherlich geholfen mir klarer zu zeigen, dass jeder von uns mehr Verantwortung über uns und die Welt übernehmen muss und mit den Mitmenschen gütiger sein sollte!

As I am at the moment reading the highly interesting “The Flood of the Year” by Margaret Atwood and also wanted to try out the new Gutenberg editor on wordpress, I have dared to create this short post with pictures from some of our great trips in the far past!

The excursion into the writer’s speculative pandemic world made in 2009, showed me how realistic it has already been then!

The modern human being, very knowledgable as far chemistry, economy, environment, genetic science or nuclear power is concerned, has, however, succeeded in an exemplary way or through stupidity to provoke disaster and death, without  having to attribute fault to a deity.

In chapter 36 I read:

“According to Adam One, the Fall of Man was multidimensional. The ancestral primates fell out of the trees; then they fell from vegetarianism into meat-eating. Then they fell from instinct into reason, and thus into technology.”

Here below the writer is presenting her book with much humour!

The books starts with the following poem:

Who is it tends the Garden, the Garden oh so green?

“Twas once the finest Garden that ever has been seen and in it God’s dear Creatures did swim and fly and play;

But then came greedy Spoilers, and killed them all away.

This book has certainly showed me in a more clear way that each person has to take on more responsibility for itself and the whole society and be ready to carry out more random acts of kindness!

Visto che sto leggendo il libro molto interessante di Margaret Atwood “The year of the Flood” (l’anno del diluvio)oppure L’anno del diluvio e nello stesso tempo avevo voglia di vedere se riuscisse di
adoperare il nuovo editore di wordpress, ho provato di creare un piccolo post mettendo foto dei nostri stupendi viaggi fatti nel lontano passato.
L’escursione della scrittrice nel mondo speculativo di una pandemia fatto nel 2009 mi ha comunque fatto capire quanto era realistico già allora.
L’essere umano moderno, molto educato e sapiente per quanto attiene a chimica, economia, ambiente, genetica oppure la potenza nucleare è riuscito in un modo assolutamente straordinario di provocare con la sua stupidità, morte e disastro, senza dover dare la colpa a una divinità

Il libro comincia con la seguente poesia (la mia traduzione)
Chi si prende cura di mio giardino, oh di mio giardino così verde,
E’ stato una volta il più bel giardino che è mai stato visto
e dentro lo stesso ci sono state le creature di Dio che nuotavano,
volavano e giocavano,
ma poi sono arrivati i saccheggiatori avidi e hanno ucciso tutti

Nel capitolo 36 leggo: ( da me tradotto)
“Secondo Adam One, la caduta dell’essere umano era multidimensionale. I
primati ancestrali sono caduti dagli alberi; in seguito sono caduti dal vegetarianismo al mangiare carne. Poi sono caduti dall’istinto alla ragione e alla tecnologia.


54 replies »

  1. Congratulations Martina, you did very well! This post looks so good with the embedded photos and video. We have now used the Gutenberg Editor twice and are quite taken with it, there’s no way back. It’s quite a while since we read “The Flood of the Year”. You have now given me the impulse to dust of the cover and start reading again! Take care.
    Best wishes,
    The F
    ab Four of Cley

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    • Many thanks, dear Dina, for your kind words, which calm me down a little bit!:) It would be great, if we could exchange opinion on this book, which I consider quite difficult, also as far as vocabulary is concerned. Do you know what a violet biolet is? Have a very good day and all the best to you all. Big Hug Martina

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      • Dear Martina, I’m not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood. Her books are not just difficult to understand, partly I find them also quite disturbing. I din’t finish “The Handmaid’s Tale” for that reason. Recently we started watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” and gave up after epsiode one.
        A violet biolet is a solar cell operated toilet.
        Here’s a good help to get into the language:

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      • I completely understand you, dear Dina. When I read the Handmaid’s tale with a group of friends they considered it almost unbearable. I am, however, impressed by Margaret Atwood’s book by how she succeeds to show to her readers that the cozy situation in which they may feel can be overthrown from one moment to the other and everything can be changed completely, a little bit the way it has just happened.
        You know I had to look in all my dictionaries for the above mentioned description of the word toilet and lost in fact a lot of time before finding the expression.
        It was a pleasure to get your very kind feedback and thank you so much.

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      • My pleasure, Martina.
        Yes, I think Margaret Atwood is doing a very good job with her dystopian novels, but it’s not my favourite kind of books. I don’t necessarily have to get absolutely absorbed and lost in a book, but I like to read with all my senses. A book can be captivating because of it’s language, rhythm and poetry ( Shakespeare, Goethe’s Faust, etc) because of a stunning plot (“I’m pilgrim”, “Shantaram”) great story, because it makes you feel good, makes you remember – reading and watching “The handmaid’s Tale” made me feel bad, gave me pain in the stomach and I was worried about my sleep, if the scenes were going to haunt me; I don’t need that.

        I read The Plague by Albert Camus in English a few months ago – a story for our, and all, times. Brilliant, brilliant sophisticated language.
        Oooh, our grocery delivery is coming, have to rush!
        Hugs back to you, Martina! x

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      • You are completely right, dear Dina, especially what you say about the language and I must say I very much like Margaret Atwood’s language, especially in this novel, I just have to read sometimes about her creativity.
        I have also read la Peste by Camus and remember it quite well as fantastic book, despite the fact that it was about 5o years ago. I don’t know Shantaram, but I will try to find out more about it.
        Thank you very much for having spoken to me in such a pleasant way.
        Big hug Martina

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      • Excuse me, Dina for disturbing you again but I looked for my old “La peste” and reread some pages and the pandemic seems to take place in a very similiar world very much concentrated on money but writen in a much more
        poetical language! It seems that I have to read it again:)

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      • You are right, Dina, I have to be carful! It was a special effort I made these last two days. This morning we went into the woods to collect chestnuts! Thank you very much for your advice. Have a very good day my dear friend. Martina

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      • Do you like listening to audiobooks? Klausbernd is listening to audiobooks every day, when cleaning the hub or working in the garden. When we go for a longer drive (before Covid-19) we listen to books via bluetooth in the car.
        What do you do with chestnuts? We had to cut our beautiful eucalyptus tree a couple of years ago. The trunk left behind looks absolutely amazing right now covered with a bizarre world of fungi growing furiously in the wet weather. Every day it looks different and I’m out to make to some photos now.
        Have a lovely day. Big hugs, Dina x


      • I used to listen to books and then gave it up, because I like to see the written words. Maybe I should make a compromise like in literature, sometimes a book whose content makes it easier to fall asleep and sometimes one that makes me more aware of a problem!
        We love to eat roasted chestnuts, which are very good for our immune system. I also make a delicious chestnut cake .
        I am sorry for your eucaliptus tree! I can really feel with you because years ago we lost 2 of them. Maybe you can eat your funghi? Enjoy your day. Martina

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  2. Du hast rausgefunden, wie der Gutenberg – Editor funktioniert, Gratulation, soweit bin ich nicht gekommen. Eine Möglichkeit Bilder hochzuladen habe ich nicht gefunden und nutze lieber weiter den klassischen Editor.

    Schön, mal wieder einen Blogeintrag von dir zu lesen, ich habe erst vor ein paar Tagen an dich gedacht, als im Fernsehen über die Regenfälle im Tession berichtet wurde.

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    • Diese Worte freuen mich sehr und ich danke dir herzlich! Man hat mir mitgeteilt, dass der klassische Eidtor nur noch bis 2022 funktioniert und da hat mich mein Übermut gepackt und ich habe es einfach versucht. Du wirst das auch können, solltest du einmal wirklich wollen. Ja, mein Thema passt auch bestens zu unseren Überschwemmungen hier im Tessin!
      Ich denke auch manchmal an dich und unseren guten Austausch. 🙂 Lieben Gruss Martina

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    • Wenn ich den Block “image” waehle, bekomme ich drei Moeglichkeiten angeboten: “upload”, “select image”, und “insert from URL”.
      Mit “upload” werden Bilder von meinem Computer in den Post und in die Mediathek hochgeladen, mit
      select image” kann ich ein schon in der Mediathek vorhandenes Bild in den Post einfuegen, und mit “insert from URL” ein Bild von irgendwo im Internet. Letzteres habe ich noch nicht probiert.
      Normalerweise nehme ich “upload”, weil ich Bilder direkt aus dem Archiv aus meinem Computer hochlade. Ganz gelegentlich lade ich allerdings Bilder zuerst einmal in die Mediathek hoch.
      Uebrigens: fuer das Einfuegen von Bildern nehme ich nach wie vor fast immer den alten Editor, weil der dafuer fuer meine Zwecke besser ist. Die ausfuehrlichen Begruendung kannst Du in meinem ausfuehrlichen Artikel zum Vergleich der beiden Editoren auf meinem Blog hier [https://wp.me/p4uPk8-2Vz#comments] nachlesen.
      Ich wuensche Dir viel Erfolg mit dem neuen Editor.
      Liebe Gruesse,

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  3. Dear Martina, I really like the stormy pictures in your post. I think they go well with the subject matter, but would be good to see on their own too. On the Gutenberg Editor, I’m a real freedom lover and don’t like anything imposed upon me, including ‘it’, and I had some difficulties to post with it and not having a choice caused me frustration, which probably added to difficulties … (I said a few very nice words while battling with it … 😉 ) I’m not sure I would enjoy Margaret Atwood’s works (since I’m a man and from reviews online it seems men are portrayed rather negative by her in the book, and works of fiction can unfortunatley negative influence people’s perception of other groups and that’s the last thing we need in the current high level of polarisation in Western societies, in my view), but … she said something interesting in her interview about predicting the future. For me one of the most accurate ways of doing that is to look at the propcies of some of the ancient civilisations, and for example the Hopi’s said that humanity will one day stand at a cross-roads where it will have to choose beteen reverting to a more organic way of living (i.e. go back to the past in some respects) or continue on a path of technological progress which would also mean the end of humanity (self-destruction). I think we are currently at that cross-roads and it would seem that until now the majority would choose the path of technology going forward, no matter how many negative side-effects there are (for example loosing the freedoms of privacy and autonomy).

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    • Bonsoir Jean-Jacques, I am really touched by your comment and opinions. You know this Gutenberg topic starts making me think about the positive and negative sides. For the time being one can maybe swich between the classical and the modern editor?
      There have been many civilisations, which have known piks and downfalls and present moment seems to me such a crossing. My son in law told me that it is not the fault of the technology, but of those people in power, who want to make money. For me an important question is also, whether freedom or community is more important and I really think we should make compromises in order to socialize more directly and not only online and to renounce a little bit to our freedom.
      It is true that Margaret Atwood’s characters are often not very trust inspiring, but the Gardeners give me hope and her poem about the Garden goes on as follows:
      And all the Trees that flourished and gave us wholesome fruit,…….makes definitely understand that, if we want to survive we have to change road as you say. To conclude I would also like to say that I like the writer’s humour, despite everything.
      I wish you all the best and it was a pleasure to talk to you.

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  4. So schoen, liebe Martina, auch in Deinem Blog selber mal wieder von Dir zu lesen! Und Du hast nun auch den neuen Editor ausprobiert und scheinst keine Schwierigkeiten dabei zu haben. Geht mir auch so. In der letzten Zeit habe ich mich ja auch mehrfach auf meinem Blog zu “Gutenberg” geaeussert.
    Mit M. Atwood habe ich so meine Probleme. Ist fuer mich zu duester, zu dystopisch.
    Liebe Gruesse, mach’s gut, und bleibe gesund,

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    • Ja, lieber Pit, das freut mich auch speziell dich zur Abwechslung hier zu treffen und ich danke dir sehr dafür.
      Es scheint mir, dass ich die einzige bin, die ganz begeistert ist von Margaret Atwood, aber das kann doch nicht wirklich sein, haha.
      Ich wünsche auch dir und deiner Familie alles Gute und bis bald. Martina


  5. Your pictures are reaĺly wonderful and fit the theme well. I have not read The Flood of the Year but Atwood always creates interesting worlds and right now I agree it feels like we are living in one. Take care!

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  6. Glad to see you back publishing dear Martina, I am not a great reader of thrillers, I did when I was young and read voraciously, now day I really have to choose what I read, since my time it’s so small, between so many things I got to take care including my blog, and dozens of books waiting by my bedside to be read, plus not a few magazines.

    Hope you are well, and greetings, from the Pacific Ocean.

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    • Good evening, dear Mr. Brogido, I don’t know why you consider “The flood of the Year “a thriller”! It’s a speculative novel, or eye opener of our society and nature ! I am really sorry that you take such a harsh opinion without having read it. Anyway, I wish you all the best. Martina

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      • You are right I have not read it, sorry about that, just saw the video., still my problem is personal.
        Sorry, just too many books to read. 😦


      • I thinks this is the problem with many people, so it is clear that we have to make choices. It, however, sometimes happens that somebody can give you a hint which you wouln’t consider worthwhile at beeing on the same wavelength – at first sight- and by looking a little bit closer at it relializes the value of it! 🙂

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      • No doubt and I trust your judgment Martina.
        So just happens I am up to my ears in books!
        Just yesterday received four new books to add to my tall pile of unread books, and with one of the books was a beautiful catalog of books with such enticing titles that I may order a few others from them! 😉

        Check it out:



  7. Don’t worry I have read books since I first learnt to read, by the second grade possibly six years of age, and have not stop since!
    As an anecdote I did my first year of elementary school when I was five years of age, on a small school in a big house, which my father rented next year when the school moved to a new location, so it happen, was kind of funny to live in a house where I went to school for the first year, and where I learnt to read! 🙂

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    • I imagine that you have also been i little bit proud of your situation and were so very motivated to learn! To really feel like studying, to really come to grips with the FLOOD is what I miss in many young people! In this sense, I wish you a prosperous day:)

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    • I thank you very much for this information and I wish Bob a very good read! I have checked out on the above mentioned writer and it seems that he has had quite a difficult life
      By the way I am reading now “Liquid Times” by the famous sociologist Zygmut Bauman. It seems that in this period of my life I’am very interested in modern societies where individualism and freedom have a great importance but also bear a lot of insecurities because, for example, social institutions don’t have the time anymore to solidify and can not serve anymore as frames of reference for human actions and long-range plans.
      Best regards also to Bob.

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  8. I have had a very interesting conversation with Dave about Margaret Atwood and “The Year of the Flood” and LA PESTE by Albert Camus and would like to let you know about it. Dave has very kindly agreed on it:
    I think we have here two ways of reflecting about the behaviour of the human being,or maybe about the absurdity of it!
    Perhaps I should add this thought to my “The flood”! Best regards

    There’s sometimes a thin line between behavior and absurdity.
    Atwood’s and Camus’ novels definitely have similarities as well as differences. As you know, Atwood tends to have female protagonists and use some humor here and there. Camus tends to have male protagonists and is pretty much deadly serious. But both are excellent, deep writers.

    Good morning Dave,
    I thank you very much for your kind and very interesting answer. I would like to add ADAM ONE, the gardener’s leader, who was however a man and whom I liked very much. In general I completely agree with you and would like to insert your thought into my post, unless you want to make this precious comment.:)
    Have a very good day. Martina

    Good morning, Martina!

    Yes, Atwood definitely also has males as protagonists or major secondary characters in her novels — just not as many and often not as prominent as the female characters. Adam One (as you mentioned), Oryx and Snowman in that same trilogy, Dr. Simon Jordan in “Alias Grace,” Richard Griffen in “The Blind Assassin,” etc. And you’re welcome to use any comment you’d like. 🙂 Thank you!

    Have a good day, too!
    Thank you very much for your kind information. I didn’t know about Snowman nor about the characters in “The Blind Assassin, because I have not read those books!
    I will put our conversation on the comment space of “The Flood”
    Very best regards Martina

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    • Thank you very much for re-posting our conversation, Martina!

      Your “The Year of the Flood” blog post is excellent, and has a really nice look with all the visuals. 🙂 I also enjoyed the conversation underneath it between you and your readers.

      I’m a big fan of Margaret Atwood’s work. For those not into dystopian/speculative fiction, Ms. Atwood has definitely written various other novels set in the everyday world. “The Robber Bride” and “Cat’s Eye” are among my favorites.

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  9. You did a great job with the new editor, Martina. When I went to post today, I was forced to use it. I was not very happy with it. It seemed very rigid, but the post came out okay. 🙂 The novel sounds fascinating. I’ve read quite a few novels by Margaret Atwood, and she was one of my favorite writers at one time. Cat’s Eye is one of my favorite novels ever. But I took a break from her for a while. Thank you for reminding me about her work. Maybe it’s time to read her again. 🙂 Wishing you a beautiful week.

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    • It’s soo good to hear from you, dear Julie, and that you like Margaret Atwood! I have tried two times to read her books with my little reading group, but had to give it up, because the ladies couldn’t bear her way of writing!! Dave also named Cat’s eyes and you seem to have liked it very much so I think I will read that one as soon as possible:)
      In these weeks, without trips, I have been trying to adapt and change my old posts to the new editor and I must say that the images and grids seem to me much better. I shouldn’t however, stay too long on the computer, because of the eyes, but some sins one has to make!! I wish you all the very best in Michigan. :)Martina

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    • This are good news for me!:) Margaret Atwood’s books are indeed very important to make us reflect about human behaviour as far as women or our arrogance in general are concerned! Many thanks for your words and best regards Martina

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  10. During the last bit of time, it’s easy to forget that Atwood has written more than The Handmaid’s Tale. I have not read The Flood of the Year, but it sounds like a book I should put on my reading list. As for the Gutenberg editor – and the whole new interface of WordPress – I find it good for some things, like easy to create columns, but for more plain posts in which I pre-code everything in HTML, it’s much faster to use the classic editor. In my opinion…

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    • Otto, I am just finishing another great book by Margaret Atwood with the title “Cat’s Eye”, which is like a psychological thriller of how a girl called Elaine is being bullied by her three friends, and especially Cordelia and how this experience is accompanying and influencing Elaine in her later life. For me it shows also the importance of becoming free and indipendent. By the way, Elaine’s parents have not prepared her very well for a conventional environment, but I very much like their way of not giving importance to the consumeristic behaviour!
      It’s maybe not a bad idea to read and reflect about “The Flood of the Year” and the values of the modern man in this period of time, such as corruption and money and the responsibility of man for the outburst of the pandemic in the book!
      I am not very technological and so quite happy that I get now along with this new Gutenberg editor! I am sure that you know much better, how to handle it:)
      Enjoy your holidays in your mountains!! Very best regards Martina

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