Fugitive Pieces

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Athos and I stood together on deck and looked across the water at the bright city. From this distance no one would guess the turmoil that had torn apart Greece … The sea began to darken, and Athens, glowing in the distance, seemed to float on the horizon like a bright ship.

Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. He is the only one of his family to have survived the invasion. Adopted by his saviour, the Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history.

A novel of astounding beauty and wisdom, Fugitive Pieces is a profound meditation on the resilience of the human spirit and love's ability to restore even the most damaged of hearts.


My sister had long outgrown the hiding place. Bella was fifteen and even I admitted she was beautiful, with heavy brows and magnificent hair like black syrup, thick and luxurious, a muscle down her ba...

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ANNE MICHAELS is the author of the multiple prizewinner Fugitive Pieces, which was made into a major motion picture, and a second novel, The Winter Vault, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and…

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A sensitive novel which lives through the contrasts and complexities of the lives of its main characters, a Polish boy orphaned by war and a Greek archaeologist who finds him in a forest and manages to smuggle him to safety in Athens. For me it was the gentle entwining, through Anne Michaels' fine writing, of the complex mixture of their lives together, each a thread of a very different staple, that was the book's most intriguing feature. We meet the trauma of individual tragedy in war alongside the philosophical compassion of age. In a sense the writing technique is not unlike the staple from which a yarn is spun, for she frequently juxtaposes different times and narrative perspectives, which have the potential to enable the reader to feel immersed in the world of the novel, its characters starting to feel as if they are a part of their own life experience.

6/17/2023 12:31:01 PM

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