I don t know if I am totally comfortable with liking a book such as Garden, Ashes as much as I do The historical facts behind it s necessity of being are too terrible, and it brings up the question, at least in my mind, as to why I enjoy these particular types of books so much The type of books I mean are early to mid twentieth century literary memoirs from Eastern Europe and Russia and if they are memoirs of a childhood, or a gulag, or the front, it is all the strangely alluring, and I m not sure if the reasons behind my fascination with this genre are pure But is enjoy even the right word to use here Maybe it s like I am comforted by them but how does a deluge bring about comfort , or that they give me the hopeful thought that art often embodies the better nature of humanity, the ability to sustain itself through tragedy, that it is works of art books, f Here s what lingers for me 1 The hope that Gaddis was right that a work of art redeems time 2 Kis prose walk so thoroughly in the mind of a child s limited conception of enduring still never allows you to forget the adult reflecting through the animation of detail Maybe writing a limited mimesis of the experience of the holocaust from the eyes of a child might seem realistic But there s another sense in which the rhetoric of such an execution would be a covering over, a cheapening copy, an impossibility The constant awareness of oblique looking is a way not to damage the eyes and yet maintain the glaze of panoptic attention that such an abyss calls for.
There are spoilers endemic to what follows.
How would a child have dealt with the horror of something as regimentally and encompassingly evil as the Holocaust We are all armed, to some degree, with an imagination that can help us deflect, ignore, transform, subsume select trials and tribulations within immiserating life but the Shoah is an atrocity at an entirely overwhelming level so that Andreas Scham, the child s narrative voice relating the events of Garden, Ashes, manages to not only enflesh his own tale within the candied concoctions and selenian spells dispensed from his inventive fount, but, in parallel, that of the mythological meandering of historic time and prophetic passage of Old Testament Blues makes for something truly special Being born of a Jewish father, the raggedly brilliant and eclectic Eduard Scham, means that his male parent will fall under the classificat Semi autobiographical memoir tremolo ed with essay, lithograph, phantasmagoria and confessional to name but a few a medley of style and temporal, reads like a collection of self contained story pieces loosely threaded together.
Kis was Yugoslavian, or, to be even imprecise, half Austro Hungarian Jew and half Montenegrin Christian Finding this out helps contextualise the dichotomy of constantly referring to his father as the Wandering Jew whilst indulging in protracted biblical escapism granted, the old testament Sadly, his father perished in Nazi concentration camp during the war, which may have prompted the idealised, poignant focus on his pater and familias in the novel a near obsession, really, but duly justified given the circumstances Otherwise the war remains firmly on the periphery in this childhood recollection of the 19 Ovo nije knjiga koju sam itala pre 5 godina.
Ovo toliko nije ona knjiga da, evo, sedim na ivici suza, skoro da ih dodirujem stopalima, i pitam se ko sam bila kad sam je itala prvi put.
The realization that I was able to control my dreams, channel them in a particular direction by my choice of reading matter or by thinking certain thoughts before going to sleep, resulted in an explosion of my darkest impulses In fact, I was living two lives not a trace of bookishness in that , one in reality and the other in my dreams, which produced in me an extraordinary and sinful joy.
I am dreaming this I am dreaming this I want this I loved Garden, Ashes and I am on my third reading I want to keep on reading it until I learn its terrible power of thrilling happiness edged with the ache you can already feel behind it to head it off too early, waking up too early Well, it is just power, maybe, of the now and the future and past don t exist in its wake If you can keep on pretending, if you have the juice I could paint it on my eyeballs or put it in my pocket If I ha
My first experience with Ki was A Tomb for Boris Davidovich, a collection of seven stories that was very good Garden, Ashes, a novel, centers on the childhood of Andi Scham during WWII and explores in particular his relationship with his eccentric father It was at least as good as Tomb if not better I have a copy of The Encyclopedia of the Dead, which will be my next Ki.
Yugoslavia During The Second World War, Young Andi Scham And His Beleaguered Family Are Constantly Moving And Searching For Refuge Yet The Physical Hardships Of The World Do Not Intrude On Andi S Adolescent World Of Vivid Observation And Imaginative Withdrawals From His Memories Emerges The Wondrous Story Of His Father, Eduard Scham The Wandering Jew, Don Quixote, Red Eyed, Crazed, Drunk, Bellicose, A Man Who Recedes From Life And Then Disappears In The HolocaustAndi S Search For His Father Is A Poetic, Lyrical Remembrance [Danilo Kiš] ê Bašta, pepeo [functional-analysis PDF] read Online ï Of Things Past The Celebrated Serbian Writer Danilo Kis Has Blended Bits Of Realism, Snatches Of Dreams, And Echoes Of His Own Consciousness As A Child To Shape This Magical And Memorable Novel Fragmenti se anja koji su mu ili Danila Ki a tako bih ukratko opisao ovu knjigu.
Ovaj bildungsroman je drugi deo trilogije Porodi ni ciklus kojim autor sprovodi potragu za sopstvenim identitetom u mra nim hodnicima memorije Op injenost smr u i ve no u protagoniste Andreas Sama daju knjizi posebnu, somnambulnu atmosferu, negde izme u jave i sna.
Figura Eduarda oca protagoniste dominira celom knjigom kao lajt motiv, kao elja da ga ne zaboravi, i zapamti i romantizuje Od blatnjave odiseje preko vojvo anskih polja be e i od zle kobi vremena u kojem su iveli do filozofko boemskih avantura Eduarda, sve upu uje na poku aj da se osvetle mra ne slike pro losti.
Lirski efekat je posebno zastupljen u poslednjem delu romana, gde asonanca dolazi do izra aja, daju i ne nu, poetsku boju ne ba lepim doga ajima.