Fugitive Pieces: A Novel [Anne Michaels] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the. Searing the mind with stunning images while seducing with radiant prose, this brilliant first novel is a story of damaged lives and the indestructibility of the human. 22 May The story that Fugitive Pieces sets out to tell is easy to turn into a summary. A prefatory note tells us that, just before his death, a poet called.

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Bits of Jakob’s memory of his life before the Nazi invasion are intertwined with his current life under the care of Athos. We wish to keep those memories alive for as long as we can. I felt sad when the book was over, but I don’t exactly know why.

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Michaels’ GR profile says she has written one novel, this one. The fate of his sister is unknown. Join him for a discussion on Saturday 30 May at the Hay festival.

Does Michaels imply that real integration is impossible? Actually, it made me ugly-cry. View all 17 comments.

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. He becomes a poet, a husband, but he never settles comfortably into the leafy ravines and changeable climate of his Canadian home. Sep 08, karen rated it really liked it Shelves: The first part is told by Jakob Beer, 7 years old at the start; he is in hiding when he sees his parents killed by the Nazis and his older sister Bella disappear.


I can’t for the life of me tell you what happened in this book, aside from the following plot details: It seems absolution simply to listen to her.

Podcast Guardian book club: The Guardian lieces s Guardian Fiction Prize. They always take a piece of us with them, a part of us that, like them, stays frozen in time. When the sport became too messy, the soldiers complained loudly, shouting about the blood running down their long sleeves, staining their uniforms, while the Jews on the street screamed in horror, their throats parched with screaming.

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Unsurprisingly, our protagonist becomes a celebrated poet ugh, michaeos I hate–with rare exceptions–novels about poets, novelists, playwrights, artists I was confused by the mcihaels change of personal history until narrative clues eventually cleared up my confusion. Why is he angry at her for her closeness to his parents and her attention to their graves?

Jul 18, Barbara rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wanted to include quotes, passages of it, but I found myself confused. Its answer, apparently, is that love and poetry are all you need. He tells the story of his life, being rescued in Poland by a geologist named Athos and secretly taken to Greece, then fugktive with Athos to Canada after the war.

Jakob will eventually become a poet.

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Archive read May 14 Fugitive Pieces. The piecing together of shards, of fugitive pieces, the deployment of one narrative to unravel another, in an attempt to complete biography. Without him, these particular “fugitive pieces” would have remained unread. Ben’s story was more problematic for me.


This is interspersed with his contemplations on life, loss, beauty, love, hatred, forgiveness, and remembrance. We cut off a tree, but its roots go on living.

The thoughts of characters are expressed over many pages. This is such a beautiful, fragile, tender, introspective, haunting, even sensual book. Finally, I have finished this one. The first part is told by Jakob Beer, who escaped as a child, then was rescued, hidden, protected. There are so many books on the holocaust that ahne has almost dulled the magnitude of the atrocity.

The author is a piecss, and it shows here in her first novel. But memory is moral” []. Jakob will spend a lifetime trying to piece together the memories of his past and those he loved. Her books are translated into more than forty-five languages and have won dozens of international awards, including the Orange Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, and the Lannan Award for Fiction. A book about longing, loss, grief, beauty and love The imagery was lovely At the end of the novel, Ben is sent to retrieve Jakob’s journals from his home in Greece, where Ben spends hours swimming in Jakob’s past.

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