Garden, Ashes: A Novel

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Dalkey Archive Press, 1975 - Fiction - 170 pages
18 Reviews
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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User Review  - Sean Homrig - Goodreads

"Garden, Ashes" is told from the point of view of a youngster during World War II whose partially-Jewish family is fleeing from the Nazis across Europe. However, almost no mention is made of the War ... Read full review

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User Review  - Nick Sweeney - Goodreads

I came close to giving up on this book a few times. It's not that it's badly written - it's beautifully written (I assume, as I am obviously reading it in translation), but it's so beautifully written ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
16
Section 3
34
Section 4
48
Section 5
58
Section 6
68
Section 7
82
Section 8
99
Section 9
122
Section 10
135
Section 11
145
Section 12
156
Section 13
174
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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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