Garden, Ashes

Eastern European Literature Series
Danilo Kiš
Introduction by Aleksandar Hemon

Garden, Ashes is the remarkable account of Andi Scham’s childhood during World War II, as his Jewish family traverses Eastern Europe to escape persecution. As the family moves from house to house, the novel focuses on Andi’s relationship with his father; he recounts the endless hours his father poured into the creation of his all-inclusive third edition of the Bus, Ship, Rail, and Air Travel Guide, to the bizarre sermons he delivered to his befuddled family, to his eventual disappearance and assumed death at Auschwitz.

Despite the apocalyptic events fueling this family’s story, Kis’s writing emphasizes the specific details of life during this period, constructing a personal account of a future artist growing up under the shadow of the Nazis and in a world capable of containing a person as unique as his father.

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Introduction by Aleksandar Hemon
Publication: Eastern European Literature Series
Format: Paperback / softback
Number of pages: 170
ISBN-13: 9781564783264
GTIN13: 9781564783264
Publication date: 10/1/2003
Language: eng
List price: $12.95