Street of Lost Brothers

Street of Lost Brothers The seven stories in Street of Lost Brothers reverberate with the haunting theme of duality duplicity that has become the great signature of Arno t Lustig s fiction They draw us into a world of loss a

  • Title: Street of Lost Brothers
  • Author: Arnošt Lustig Jonathan Brent
  • ISBN: 9780810109605
  • Page: 439
  • Format: Paperback
  • The seven stories in Street of Lost Brothers reverberate with the haunting theme of duality duplicity that has become the great signature of Arno t Lustig s fiction They draw us into a world of loss and contradiction, of people tormented by the uncertainty that comes from never being quite sure where one has been, or is now, or may be going It is a world made insubstantiThe seven stories in Street of Lost Brothers reverberate with the haunting theme of duality duplicity that has become the great signature of Arno t Lustig s fiction They draw us into a world of loss and contradiction, of people tormented by the uncertainty that comes from never being quite sure where one has been, or is now, or may be going It is a world made insubstantial by the Nazi terror, in which words have lost their meaning, truth has become lie, justice cruelty and where every heroic action is offset by its echo in mundane and terrible reality.The questions Lustig explores were not born of the Holocaust they are as old and as universal as mankind s search for the meaning of existence The fact that he has chosen that most real and unreal of times as a vehicle is not surprising What is remarkable is the way in which he is able to enter the minds of his Nazi characters, understanding their emotional and moral frailties as few others have been capable the reader is at once repelled and fascinated.An astounding symbol occurs in Clock Like a Windmill which helps interpret much of Lustig s fictional world Two enormous clocks arranged on the tower of what was once Prague s Jewish Town Hall mark the time one in the ordinary way, the other backward using Hebrew letters instead of numbers One clock is the reverse of the other time appears to go forward and backward simultaneously And yet the end comes with unalterable finality to those trapped in the Town Hall s cellar, even as they imagine themselves at the threshold of freedom and a new life.In A Man the Size of a Postage Stamp, a German commandant and the simpleminded son he cannot love relocate a group of Jewish children and their devoted teacher in a windowless ambulance that is in fact a mobile gas chamber Lustig s juxtaposition of true parent with false, of people who love each other with people who only pretend to do so, makes this one of his most powerful and evocative stories This extraordinary collection confirms once again Lustig s place as one of the foremost writers of postwar Europe.

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    1. Arno t Lustig born 21 December 1926 in Prague is a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust.As a Jewish boy in Czechoslovakia during World War II, he was sent in 1942 to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, from where he was later transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, followed by time in the Buchenwald concentration camp In 1945, he escaped from a train carrying him to the Dachau concentration camp when the engine was mistakenly destroyed by an American fighter bomber He returned to Prague in time to take part in the May 1945 anti Nazi uprising.After the war, he studied journalism at Charles University in Prague and then worked for a number of years at Radio Prague He worked as a journalist in Israel at the time of its War of Independence where he met his future wife, who at the time was a volunteer with the Haganah He was one of the major critics of the Communist regime in June 1967 at the 4th Writers Conference, and gave up his membership in the Communist Party after the 1967 Middle East war, to protest his government s breaking of relations with Israel However, following the Soviet led invasion that ended the Prague Spring in 1968, he left the country, first to Israel, then Yugoslavia and later in 1970 to the United States After the fall of eastern European communism in 1989, he divided his time between Prague and Washington DC, where he continued to teach at the American University After his retirement from the American University in 2003, he became a full time resident of Prague He was given an apartment in the Prague Castle by then President V clav Havel and honored for his contributions to Czech culture on his 80th birthday in 2006 In 2008, Lustig became the eighth recipient of the Franz Kafka Prize 1 Lustig is married to the former Vera Weislitzov 1927 , daughter of a furniture maker from Ostrava who was also imprisoned in the Terez n concentration camp Unlike her parents, she was not deported to Auschwitz She wrote of her family s fate during the Holocaust in the collection of poems entitled Daughter of Olga and Leo They have two children, Josef 1950 and Eva 1956.His most renowned books are A Prayer For Katerina Horowitzowa published and nominated for a National book award in 1974 , Dita Saxov 1979 , Night and Hope 1985 , and Lovely Green Eyes 2004 Dita Saxov and Night and Hope have been filmed.

    2. Doesn't have the unity of Lovely Blue Eyes of course, since it's a collection of stories apparently from various books, but still strong writing, with aspects of the Holocaust and WW2 hanging over them, not directly in every case. Recommended.

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