Fugitive Pieces

Michaels, Anne

Book - 1998
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Fugitive Pieces
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the Lannan Literary Fiction Award Winner of the Guardian Fiction Award In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. 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. With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.

Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1998, c1996
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679776598
Branch Call Number: FICTION MICHAELS 1998
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,21 cm


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Join the discussion on May 19, 2015. This fiercely concentrated and beautifully written novel tells the story of a Polish Jew who, at the age of 7, after seeing his parents murdered by the Nazis, is resurrected by a Greek scientist, and transformed from a half-wild survivor into a scholar and tra... Read More »

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Feb 06, 2015
  • TKbooks_15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A beautifully written book about how profoundly past generations affect future generations. Anne Michaels states thoughts so poetically, so beautifully. My new favorite book.

Dec 07, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The migrations and displacements of the 20th century are encapsulated in the story of a Jewish boy who is saved and protected from the Nazis by a Greek professor.
With tenderly evocative prose, and yet not shying away from the misery of her story, the author follows Jakob’s life as he tries to find his own reality in the face of his family’s death. He is a fugitive who pieces a new life together from the memories of his sister, his parents and the kindly man who helps him.

Oct 01, 2011
  • vcc rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This story, about the atrocities of the Second World War, winds the lives of three central characters first through Poland, and then Greece and Toronto. A definite winner for any book club. (Nov 2000)

Jul 25, 2011
  • matronson14 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in my English class in high school. I found it incredibly deep and difficult to read but it made me fall in love with poetry. The entire book has multiple layers of symbolism. Simple beautiful.

May 07, 2011
  • jennifercordoba rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An example of writing as art, a complete masterpiece

Feb 21, 2011
  • Earl64 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Have to read her latest novel!
This one was excellent

Jan 07, 2011
  • macierules rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

So lyrical it takes several attempts to digest...a moving character-driven novel. On the 1001 books to read list.

May 26, 2010
  • nipper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

great writing......depressing.....renting the movie put it all in perspective......all the very best parts, happy and sad

Feb 26, 2010

This is a wonderful novel full of emotion and poetic details. A fantastic read!

Jan 10, 2010
  • graphiste rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Exquisite writing - a jewel of a book.

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Feb 06, 2015
  • TKbooks_15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I knew I must not open my mouth. The misery of bones that must be broken in order to be set straight.

Feb 06, 2015
  • TKbooks_15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes we need both hands to climb out of a place. Sometimes there are steep places, where one has to walk ahead of the other. If I can't find you, I'll look deeper in myself. If I can't keep up, if you're far ahead, look back. Look back.

Feb 06, 2015
  • TKbooks_15 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It's not a persons depth you must discover,but their ascent. Find their path from depth to ascent.

Aug 07, 2014
  • AnarchyintheLC rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When a man dies, his secrets bond like crystals, like frost on a window. His last breath obscures the glass.

Jun 01, 2008
  • Quietlake rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I wanted a line in a poem to be the hollow ney of the dervish orchestra whose plaintive wail is a call to God. But all I achieved was awkward shrieking. Not even the pure shriek of a reed in the rain.


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