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Correspondences: A poem and portraits Kindle Edition

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Michaels is a great poet of loss, and the challenges of memory in the face of it ... Michaels produces passages of lyrical beauty, and eloquently expresses her horror at human violence inflicted on the land and its inhabitants Guardian Her dramas are internal, exquisitely expressed with ... wisdom and precision Amanda Craig, Daily Telegraph Stay if you can with Michaels' gorgeous melancholia even when the waters of her rhetoric rise to the very lip of absurdity...She guides us to the top of some extraordinary peaks of feeling and perception. However rarefied the atmosphere, the vistas are spectacular Boyd Tonkin, Independent A master of deft, pithy images ... there is truth as well as beauty in this dark world Spectator Publishers are celebrating the allure of the beautiful object with editions that make a virtue of the form. Consider a concertina book of letters, Correspondences, from author Anne Michaels Harper's Bazaar

About the Author

ANNE MICHAELS is the author several books of poetry, of the multi- award-winning novel Fugitive Pieces, which was made into a feature film, and The Winter Vault, her celebrated second novel. Her work has appeared in translation around the world. She lives in Toronto. BERNICE EISENSTEIN is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic memoir, I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors, which was translated into ten languages, and won the Jewish Book Award. Eisenstein's artwork has appeared in exhibitions in Europe and the United States. She lives in Toronto.

Product Details

  • File Size: 6939 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf (December 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A5MRE7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,934,152 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne Michaels's first novel was the international best seller Fugitive Pieces, now a major motion picture. It won several awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, and the Orange Prize for Fiction. Michaels is also the author of three highly acclaimed poetry collections. She lives in Toronto.

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Having recently read the novel Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels, and discussed it at length with our book group, I became keenly interested in anything Michaels has written. It did not take long to discover this wonderful book, Correspondences. It could easily be sub-titled “Fugitive Pieces Part II.” Let me explain:
The novel weaves the pieces of fictional lives affected by the Holocaust: Jakob, the sole survivor in his Jewish family; Athos, the Greek geologist who literally digs the young boy Jakob from Polish soil, carries the boy to safety away from German occupied Poland, and in turn adopts and raises Jakob to manhood in Toronto.
Correspondences, a poem, weaves the pieces of real lives also affected by the Holocaust and other pogroms such as the Stalinist purges, for example: Isaiah Michaels (1918-2009), the author’s father, who escaped from Poland, finding his way to Toronto; Etty Hillesum (1914-1943), the young Jewish woman whose diaries have become a classic example of spirituality at-work able to experience the Holy in the most un-holy place on earth, dying along with her parents at Auschwitz; Helen Keller (1880-1968) whose publications were banned and burned in Germany in 1933; and Anna Akmatova (1889-1966), the Russian poet whose first two husbands died in Gulags, whose son was imprisoned just for being her son, and whose poetry survives in part because of her friends memorizing her writings.
All of the above and all of the remaining 23 people included in Anne Michaels’s book were her father’s contemporaries, and this book is an elegy to Isaiah Michaels. However, it can be seen as an elegy to each and everyone featured in the book ranging from the Jewish novelist S.Y.
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This is my first encounter with a commercially published accordion book, I am so pleased that I was able to handle it and share it with friends who are also interested in this structure. In terms of the content: the combination of paintings, poetry and material extracted from the writing of those portrayed was for me, a wining trifecta.
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Plan to spend a lot of time in this artful book because there's a lot here and it takes a clear focus. Read it backward and forward. Pictures help honor the subjects of these writings. It truly is a work of art with heart.
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