Diary of the Fall

Diary of the Fall

Book - 2014
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A powerful and heartbreaking novel about love, memory and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves and about each other.  
    '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 classmate to cry out... but he lay on the ground with his eyes closed'

A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong, and a thirteen-year-old boy is left injured. Years later, one of the classmates relives the episode as he tries to come to terms with his demons.

Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations: a man examining 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 the 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.
Publisher: London :, Harvill Secker,, 2014.
ISBN: 9781846557323
1846557321
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull

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yvox
Sep 09, 2014

Recommended by Shelf Awareness

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bookwormjeph
Jun 02, 2014

A great read but I do wonder if there has been anything lost in translation. It reads in a stilted stumbling, at times ,way and I heard recently that a good translation will read in such a way as that one will not know it is translated. Though don't let this put you off. Once you find a rhythm it can be enjoyable and a really interesting premise of a man looking back on an incident as a teenager that left a boy badly injured and how it has affected each of the lives of the boys involved.

ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong and a boy is injured. Years later one of his schoolmates relives the story. The author is Brazilian and this novel has been highly praised." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

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