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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; 1st Paperback Ed edition (1 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564782050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564782052
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 0.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 327,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This remarkable first novel . . . is a powerful statement, an annihilation of our pretty dreams. It is, if you will, a warning that the ravages of history can occur now and here. And isn't this message so disturbing that we will no doubt refuse to heed it

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By A Customer on 28 Dec. 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully realized account of a day in the life of a small town in eastern Poland in the early 1930s. Szewc has an eye like that of Proust. Details are lovingly recorded, all in an effort to preserve the day-to-day--a day-to-day that will be destroyed, one might add, during the Holocaust. The book is also beautifully translated.
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a beautifully realized short novel 28 Dec. 1997
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Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully realized account of a day in the life of a small town in eastern Poland in the early 1930s. Szewc has an eye like that of Proust. Details are lovingly recorded, all in an effort to preserve the day-to-day--a day-to-day that will be destroyed, one might add, during the Holocaust. The book is also beautifully translated.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful failure 17 Jun. 2001
By M. J. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The intent of this beautifully written, poetic book is to capture a day in the life of a village. While there is wonderful use of symbolism, the book ultimately fails on two counts. First, there is no reason for the selection of whose lives to follow through the day. Second, the narrator vasillated between omniscient (even knowing dreams and memories) to limited only is visible. When limited, the narrator engages in speculation and philosophic reflection.
This has an author worth watching, but as a novel it is an interesting, beautiful failure.
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