The Book of Blam

The Book of Blam

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Miroslav Blam walks through the empty streets of Novi Sad, remembering. The war has ended, but for Blam the town is haunted with its presence, and memories of its dead: Aaron Grun, the hunchbacked watchmaker; Eduard Fiker, a lamp merchant; Jakob Mentele, a stove fitter; Arthur Spitzer, a grocer who played amateur soccer and had non-Jewish friends; and Sandor Vertes, a communist lawyer. They stand before him as ever, but they are only the ghosts in Blam's mind. Accompanying the others are Blam's family and his best friend, all of whom perished in the infamous Novi Sad raid in January 1942. Blam lives. He seeks no revenge, no retribution. His life is a spectator's-made all the more agonizing by the clarity with which he sees the events around him. The silhouettes of the dead pass before him, and he incorporates what would have been their daily lives into his own. And in telling the story of one man's life after the war, Ti"
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Product details

  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 141.7 x 216.9 x 15.2mm | 248.82g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0156008416
  • 9780156008419

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A startling, extraordinary creation." The New Yorker Ti ma is unrelenting in his quest for truth yet compassionate in his judgments of individuals." The Wall Street Journal "
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