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Diário da ueda Read & Download Ö 4 Ø ‘I often dreamed about the moment of the fall a silence that lasted a second possibly two a room full of sixty people and no one making a sound as if everyone were waiting for my classmate to cry out but he lay on the ground with his eyes closed’A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong and a thirteen year oEd Years later one of the classmates relives the episode as he tries to come to terms with his demons Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations a man examining the mistakes of his past and his struggle for forgiveness; a father with Alzheimer’s for whom recording every memory has become an obsession; and a grandfath. Is it possible to hate an Auschwitz survivor Or worse to feel indifferent to his sufferings These are a couple of the uestions that are posed in Brazilian writer Michael Laub’s spare and shimmering new book Diary of the FallThe narrator is two generations removed from Auschwitz a privileged boy who is attending a nearly all Jewish school His grandfather an Auschwitz survivor kept multiple notebooks filled with the most banal and Pollyanna ish descriptions of his life after leaving the concentration camponly to end his life while the narrator’s father was at a tender young age The narrator’s father – in struggling to make sense of this tragedy – inundates his son with persecution tales that shape his thinkingAnd then there’s the fall literally and figuratively The narrator spearheads a cruel practical joke severely injuring his non Jewish classmate Joao who is tossed into the air 13 times during his manhood year and deliberately dropped on the final count The narrator reflects “My father – with his stories about the Holocaust and the Jewish renaissance and the obligation of every Jew in the world to defend himself using whatever means he had – was in some way responsible for Joao making him the enemy that will always be there before you”The narrator like his grandfather and his father writes his own text through this book which consists of numbered paragraphs and freuent repetition of key events The uestions raised in this book are highly introspective what role does memory serve what do we recall and forget and how do we deal with guilt forgiveness and redemption Translated beautifully by Margaret Jull Costa and through time I’ve learned that translation is so important in the appreciation of international literature this book focuses on three generations affected by the long shadow of Auschwitz the grandfather whose memoir is about “how the world should be” the father whose own memoir is about “how things really were” and the son who is struggling with the uestion “is human experience really viable” It’s a fine book 45 stars

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‘I often dreamed about the moment of the fall a silence that lasted a second possibly two a room full of sixty people and no one making a sound as if everyone were waiting for my classmate to cry out but he lay on the ground with his eyes closed’A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong and a thirteen year old boy is left injur. Michel Laub is a Brazilian lawyer turned writer and Diary of the Fall is his first novel published in EnglishThis is a short book composed mostly of numbered short paragraphs each containing just a few sentences As the title suggest the novel is written in the form of a diary the main protagonist is a struggling alcoholic who reminisces about his childhood and tries to understand his grandfather and his father His grandfather was an Auschwitz survivor who emigrated to Brazil to start a new life only to end it when his son was very young; the narrator's father never grew over the tragedy and imprinted in him a sense of persecution and guilt which continues to plague him By consulting his own memories and at the diaries both men have kept the narrator aims to write his own and understand how their past has shaped his ownPerhaps it's the translation and its sparse but adeuate language which made me unable to connect with the narrator and care for him and his ancestors; what's likely is that this is a deliberate decision by the author similar to the one used by Jerzy Kosinski decades earlier in his famous The Painted Bird The success of The Painted Bird however lied in its immediacy although it was also narrated by an older person remembering his past these memories were the horror of war which he experienced personally as a young boy The narrator in Laub's book is than twice removed from the Holocaust and the book simply doesn't have the same impact it might have if it was written from the perspective of his grandfather but it obviously isn't Beside that I think that it simply doesn't have anything new to say about the Holocaust and its survivors which is not entirely mr Laub's fault years after the tragic even thousands of studies and memoirs later what else can there be said

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Diário da uedaEr who survived Auschwitz filling notebook after notebook with the false memories of someone desperate to forgetBeautiful and brave Michel Laub’s novel asks the most basic – and yet most complex – uestions about history and identity exploring what stories we choose to tell about ourselves and how we become the people we a. From a Brazilian novelist a profound novella about all the traumatic memories we aim to forget In a digressive diary addressed to his unborn child the narrator chronicles his regret over his alcoholism and his part in injuring a classmate at age 13 but also curates the written memoirs of his father and grandfather His father is desperate to document as much as he can before Alzheimer’s takes his memory; on the other hand his grandfather an Auschwitz survivor whose life parallels Primo Levi’s in some ways is eager to forget everything he endured before he immigrated to Brazil Instead of personal recollections his diary is a mock encyclopedia a bit like Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary or Gustave Flaubert’s The Dictionary of Received Ideas “ Family – group of people who share the house with the man andtake care that their ideas or attitudes are never incompatible with his” and so onThe interplay between these three very different sets of memories is fairly interesting I like how the narrator classes his grandfather’s trivial memoir as “ how the world should be” and his father’s realistic account as “ how things really were” However the book is repetitive even when it’s for the very good reason of showing how inescapable tragedy is for its victims “My grandfather went out to buy bread and the newspaper Auschwitz My grandfather said good morning to my grandmother Auschwitz” And yes even at only 100 pages this meant that it felt too long I will add though that the translation from the Portuguese is excellent the language never feels awkward or strained