Garden, Ashes: A Novel

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1975 - Fiction - 170 pages
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Garden, Ashes is the remarkable account of Andi Scham's childhood during World War II, as his Jewish family traverses Eastern Europe to escape persecution. As the family moves from house to house, the novel focuses on Andi's relationship with his father; he recounts the endless hours his father poured into the creation of his all-inclusive third edition of the Bus, Ship, Rail, and Air Travel Guide, to the bizarre sermons he delivered to his befuddled family, to his eventual disappearance and assumed death at Auschwitz.

Despite the apocalyptic events fueling this family's story, Kis's writing emphasizes the specific details of life during this period, constructing a personal account of a future artist growing up under the shadow of the Nazis and in a world capable of containing a person as unique as his father.

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The real star here is the prose. - Goodreads
I simply adore this man as a writer. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Eva - Goodreads

Kis, Kis, Kis always and all the time! I believe this was one of the first works he published. He's discovering who he is as an author and growing into his style, so the metaphors get a bit tedious ... Read full review

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A beautiful lyrical nostalgia that began in me a reminiscence of my own confused and emotional youth. A new favorite. Read full review

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About the author (1975)

Danilo Kis was born on February 22, 1935 in Subotica, a small town north of Serb.He moved to Hungary during World War 2. He attended the University of Belgrade where he studied General and Comparative Literature and graduated in 1958. He wrote for the Vidici Magazine. He wrote novels, essays and poetry. His works include: Attic, Psalm 44, Garden, Ashes, a Tomb for Boris Davidovich and Encyclopedia of the Dead. In 1986, he was named knight of Arts and Letters. He spent most of his life in Belgrade - until his last decade which he spent between France and Belgrade. He spent a number of years as a lecturer in France. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and was expected to win however he died in Paris on October 15, 1989 before it was announced

William J. Hannaher is a translator of Serbian literature.

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