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A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Lannan Literary Fiction AwardWinner of the Guardian Fiction AwardIn 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry. With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption.As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose,Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.
A young orphan smuggled out of Poland during World War II, poet Jakob Beer, comes to understand the extraordinary power of language to destroy, restore, and witness as he struggles to cope with both grief and the healing of memory
Number of Pages: 294
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Anne Michaels
Street Date: May 1, 1998
Item Number (DPCI): 248-25-0233
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