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DIARY OF THE FALL BY MICHEL LAUB

June 6, 2014

9781846557323DIARY OF THE FALL BY MICHEL LAUB

3RD APRIL, 2014 HARDBACK

THE BEST BRAZILIAN WRITER OF THE NEW GENERATION.

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 CLASSMATES TO CRY OUT BUT HE LAY ON THE GROUND WITH HIS EYES CLOSED.

DIARY OF THE FALL IS THE STORY OF THREE GENERATIONS. A MAN EXAMING 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 GRANDFATHER WHO SURVIVED AUSCHWITZ, FILLING NOTEBOOK AFTER NOTEBOOK WITH FALSE MEMORIES OF SOMEONE DESPERATE TO FORGET.

BEAUTIFUL AND BRAVE, MICHEL LAUB’S NOVEL ASKS THE MOST BASIC-AND YET MOST COMPLEX QUESTIONS ABOUT HISTORY AND IDENTITY, EXPLORING WHAT STORIES WE CHOOSE TO  TELL ABOUT OURSELVES AND HOW WE BECOME THE PEOPLE WE ARE.

BEAUTY RESIDES, ALMOST DISCREETLY, IN THE POETIC PLOT AND INVITING, FLOWING PROSE THEREIN LIES LAUB’S ART, A STYLE THAT SEEMS TO TOUCH THINGS WITHOUT LEAVING A MARK, WITHOUT OPPRESSING OR DISFIGURING WHAT IS WRITTEN.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 MICHEL LAUB WAS BORN IN PORTO ALEGRE AND CURRENTLY LIVES IN SAO PAULO. HE IS A WRITER AND JOURNALIST, AND WAS NAMED ONE OF GRANTA’S TWENTY BEST OF YOUNG BRAZILIAN NOVELISTS. DIARY OF THE FALL IS HIS FIFTH NOVEL, AND THE FIRST TO BE TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH. IT HAS RECEIVED  THE BRASILIA AWARD AND THE BRAVO/BRADESCO PRIZE.

MY REVIEW

The cover photograph tells us it is  a young boy falling.
 Diary Of The Fall is divided into chapters.
 The young boy narrator talks about  a few things he never knew about his Grandfather and a few things he never knew about his father, also a few things he did not know about himself .
The young narrator tells us Joao a thirteen-year-old is a Christian boy at a Jewish school.
On the day of his birthday he is given the bumps and the boys just let poor Joao fall from mid-air.
Very sadly Joao classmates have left him crippled needing physiotherapy sessions to strengthen his muscles. 
 

 

 

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