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Fugitive Pieces

By Anne Michaels

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| Hardcover | 9780747529392

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This first novel from an award-winning poet -- a #1 best-seller in Canada -- is certain to propel her into the front ranks of our very best practitioners of contemporary fiction.

It is a story of World War II as remembered and imagined by one Continue

This first novel from an award-winning poet -- a #1 best-seller in Canada -- is certain to propel her into the front ranks of our very best practitioners of contemporary fiction.

It is a story of World War II as remembered and imagined by one of its survivors: a poet named Jakob Beer, traumatically orphaned as a young child and smuggled out of Poland, first to a Greek island (where he will return as an adult), and later to Toronto.  It is the story of how, over his lifetime, Jakob learns the power of language -- to destroy, to omit, to obliterate, but also to restore and to conjure, witness and tell -- as he comes to understand and experience what was lost to him and of what is possible for him to regain.

Profoundly moving, brilliantly written -- as sensual and lyric as it is emotionally resonant -- Fugitive Pieces delves into the most difficult workings of the human heart and mind: the grief and healing of remembrance.  It is a first novel of astonishing achievement.

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    A brilliant book, at times disturbing, shows the cruelty of war and the way memories haunt us using lyrical prose and words carefully handpicked. An incredible story, characters and points of view beautifully crafted and a novel that reads like a lon ...(continue)

    A brilliant book, at times disturbing, shows the cruelty of war and the way memories haunt us using lyrical prose and words carefully handpicked. An incredible story, characters and points of view beautifully crafted and a novel that reads like a long poem, travelling you in a journey of words and people's stories!

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    Reginamara said on Jun 26, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    It will touch your heart

    A long meditation on love, survival, and everything inbetween. There is so much beauty in this book, it hurts.

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    Leah said on Sep 7, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Absolutely terrific!!I could read this novel perpetually..It's a novel-poem...

    Nessun libro riesce a emozionarmi così...
    La versione in italiano s'intitola "In fuga", ASSOLUTAMENTE DA LEGGERE!!...

    ....a volte però il mondo si spoglia, fa scivolare il vestito da una spalla, ferma il tempo per un battito. Se consideria ...(continue)

    Nessun libro riesce a emozionarmi così...
    La versione in italiano s'intitola "In fuga", ASSOLUTAMENTE DA LEGGERE!!...

    ....a volte però il mondo si spoglia, fa scivolare il vestito da una spalla, ferma il tempo per un battito. Se consideriamo con attenzione quel momento vediamo che non lo si deve a nessuna nostra abilità; si tratta, invece, di una breve concessione del mondo. La catastrofe della grazia...

    ...Una parola è a casa sua nel desiderio.Nessuno stato del cuore è più pieno di solitudine del desiderio che mantiene il mondo in equilibrio,avvelenato dalla bellezza, la cui unica permanenza è la perdita.....

    I see that I must give what Imost need...

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    Sunflower said on Mar 20, 2008 | Add your feedback

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