Early Sorrows

Early Sorrows

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By (author) Danilo Kis, Translated by Michael Henry Heim

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  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Hardback | 114 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 206mm x 16mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 5 November 1998
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0811213900
  • ISBN 13: 9780811213905
  • Sales rank: 429,090

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Early Sorrows centers on Andreas Sam, a highly intelligent boy whose life at first seems secure. His mother and sister dote on him; he excels at school; when he is hired out as a cowherd to help with the family's finances, he reads the day away in the company of his best friend, the dog. He can only sense that terrible things may be going on in the world. Soon soldiers are marching down the road, and then one day, many people from the village are herded together and taken away, among them, his father, the dreamer.

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Editorial reviews

The late Serbo-Croatian novelist first published this (previously untranslated) semi-autobiographical work in 1969. It's a collection of 20 linked stories and mood pieces, crowned by "A Short Autobiography," about Ki??'s childhood in (the former) Yugoslavia. Intimations of future disillusionments and bereavements (such as his Jewish father's deportation to Auschwitz) lurk near the often comic surface of such disarming vignettes as "Engaged to Be Married," "A Mushroom Story," and "Pears" - which, at their best, evoke dangers inherent in even the simplest quotidian objects and rituals. Minor work, but well worth having in English as a pendant to Ki??'s more ambitious fictions, A Tomb for Boris Davidovich (1978) and Hourglass (1990). (Kirkus Reviews)