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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Jakob’s town is attacked and he is rescued by a Greek man who takes him back to a Greek island. Anne Michaels is obviously very talented with words, but her plotting leaves a lot to be desired. But still, it’s a labor of love, and it’s the nature of love that you must give it freely.

View all 32 comments. Michaels uses this to convey a paradox between what we hear, the language, and then the silence that follows due to the suffering and trauma of others. After months of hiding, often digging himself into holes in the landscape, he is rescued by a Greek archaeologist called Athos. His parents had then pices named him Ben for Benjamin, but ‘ben’, the Hebrew word for son, hoping the angel of death would not strike their last, and nameless one, nothing-here-pass-on, child down, too.

He is a big fuggitive of Jakob’s poetry and respects the way he deals with the Holocaustwhen Ben himself has trouble coping with the horrors his parents must have endured.

He flees into the marshes and forests in Poland and meets a Greek Geologist, Athos Roussos who takes pity on him -and smuggles Jakob to the Greek island of Zakynthos. There’s an attempt, for example, to relate the language of science and the language of metaphor, but no sense of what it would mean to make these comparisons. How does Jakob define and differentiate history and memory?


Narration supplies what the narrator has not experienced. Together they move to Greece into the former home of several generations of the Roussos family. Jakob never feels truly at home anywhere, even in Greece. Piieces rescuing Jakob, they hide on micyaels Greek island, that despite Nazi surveillance, does not yield the Nazis a single hidden Jew.

The beauty of prose that will always be remembered. Finally, I have finished this one. Mochaels fleeing he is rescued by Athos Roussos an archaeologist, and smuggled out to his home in Greece, where Athos raises the boy as piecew own son and a deep bond forms between them.

Anne Michaels, the author of Fugitive Pieces is a poet. Studies in American Jewish Literature.

Preview — Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. At other times the unrelenting insistency on fugitibe felt a bit strained as if there was too much idealising going on. He finds it in the faces of those who come after the tragedy and in the memories of those who have never come out of anje.

He also has his own struggles to overcome. Holocaust survivor and poet Jakob Beer narrates the first two-thirds of the novel, and a child of Holocaust survivors, Ben, narrates the last third. It is hard for me to convey what this book is about.

Jan 23, Ames rated it it was ok Shelves: Pisces from Fugitive Pieces. Do you agree with their theory that violence is like an illness that can be caught, and that the Greeks caught it from the Germans [72]? The book is slow paced.

The second part is told by the son of Camp survivors. She goes on living in his mind, breaking his heart over and over again and uplifting it with the same power.

Why do you think Antarctica obsessed Piexes Then the peaceful blue sheen of the Aegean slipped shut again. Undoubtedly, the book contains some beautiful poetry, but there’s so much of it that the plot gets bogged down to the point of nonexistence. Jakob learns Greek and English, but finds that learning new languages erases his memory of the past. I was quite a way through before I realised amne were now witnessing someone elses story.


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In the end he finds the happiness he has been longing for for so long. 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.

I found it micahels jarring to have a sudden change of narrator without being micjaels anything about Ben, so if you’re reading this review, I’m saving you from that disorientation. Why does Ben take such an interest in the preserved bog people he reads about []?

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He becomes a poet, a husband, but he never settles comfortably into the leafy ravines and changeable climate of his Canadian home. After Athos’s death, Jakob finds the carbons of all the letters that Athos has written in his efforts to find out about Bella. If you’re the left-brain dominant sort who needs everything spelled out in flat little rows and columns, you may not appreciate this one.

He absorbed their fears and their silences and their losses without ever being made ajne understand that he was not inadequate as their child. At this point though I just wanted to get it finished and was beyond trying to clear up any anomolies.