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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.Read more ›
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