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For his father is a poetic lyrical remembrance of things past The celebrated Serbian writer Danilo Kis has blended bits of realism snatches of dreams and echoes of his own consciousness as a child to shape this magical and memorable nov. My first experience with Ki was A Tomb for Boris Davidovich a collection of seven stories that was very good Garden Ashes a novel centers on the childhood of Andi Scham during WWII and explores in particular his relationship with his eccentric father It was at least as good as Tomb if not better I have a copy of The Encyclopedia of the Dead which will be my next Ki

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Bašta pepeo

Nd imaginative withdrawals From his memories emerges the wondrous story of his father Eduard Scham the Wandering Jew Don uixote red eyed crazed drunk bellicose a man who recedes from life and then disappears in the HolocaustAndi's search. Semi autobiographical memoir tremolo ed with essay lithograph phantasmagoria and confessional to name but a few a medley of style and temporal reads like a collection of self contained story pieces loosely threaded togetherKis was Yugoslavian or to be even imprecise half Austro Hungarian Jew and half Montenegrin Christian Finding this out helps contextualise the dichotomy of constantly referring to his father as the Wandering Jew whilst indulging in protracted biblical escapism granted the old testament Sadly his father perished in Nazi concentration camp during the war which may have prompted the idealised poignant focus on his pater and familias in the novel a near obsession really but duly justified given the circumstances Otherwise the war remains firmly on the periphery in this childhood recollection of the 1940sLurking in the background are the sceptres of hunger and Singer machines being carted off to concentration camps but always centre stage is the redemptive salvation of the flight of imagination the creation of a spiritual and alternate reality of biblical battles esoteric philosophies and the occasional grope with Julia which actually pissed me off a treat because Kis manages to get that prize by basically demoralising and humiliating her into submission through superior mental prowess Not a recommended seduction techniue from where I m standing Julia is a very minor gripe The rest is beautiful mellow tones of rich prose buoyed with understated humour and a marvellous homage to dad in a style vaguely reminiscent of Rikki Ducornet s Jade Cabinet although she wrote that later of course And interestingly extremely accessible kis sems to have abandoned mittelEuropa for the cultural harvest of the West references are plucked from Western lore with erudition and finesse Baba Yaga conversely never makes an appearance

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In Yugoslavia during the Second World War young Andi Scham and his beleaguered family are constantly moving and searching for refuge Yet the physical hardships of the world do not intrude on Andi's adolescent world of vivid observation a. I don t know if I am totally comfortable with liking a book such as Garden Ashes as much as I do The historical facts behind it s necessity of being are too terrible and it brings up the uestion at least in my mind as to why I enjoy these particular types of books so much The type of books I mean are early to mid twentieth century literary memoirs from Eastern Europe and Russia and if they are memoirs of a childhood or a gulag or the front it is all the strangely alluring and I m not sure if the reasons behind my fascination with this genre are pure But is enjoy even the right word to use here Maybe it s like I am comforted by them but how does a deluge bring about comfort or that they give me the hopeful thought that art often embodies the better nature of humanity the ability to sustain itself through tragedy that it is works of art books films discussions monuments that are the truly lasting echoes of a disaster they resound a bit longer than the disaster itself and perhaps better inform the future Regardless one only can wish that these books never had to come into beingThe world did not end with the Holocaust but it surely made it a lot tougher to forgive humanity its sins to see us as something possessing an inherent good Danilo Ki s father vanished presumably into Auschwitz sometime in the middle of World War II when the writer was 9 years old He was a Jew Ki s mother was Christian so she and Danilo were spared that specific fate they were dealt a grim one nonetheless Garden Ashes is a fictional account of a parallel event though the Holocaust is never directly mentioned Through the perspective of a child growing into an adolescent World War II in Eastern Europe takes on the ualities of a Biblical epic or a mythical fantasia or a series of morbid absurdities and caricatures constant motion hunger and destitution Garden Ashes always inhabits the perspective of Andi Scham but is also a portrait of his eccentric messianic disturbed father Eduard Scham really the most unforgettable character I ve encountered in literature in a long time also of his sister and his mother relatives and coevals caught in the flood of events that subsumed the Jewish population of Eastern Europe in the middle of the last century However a reader going into this book looking for a Holocaust memoir or a WWII epic or even a literal historical perspective on the time period will be confounded The world of Garden Ashes is Andi Scham s world personalized rendered mythologized fragmented as memories of childhood are The reader is disoriented when Andi is disoriented the reader sees the events of pogroms and intermittent fleeing and poverty and war with the naivete and narrow discernment of someone not yet uite acclimated to his perceptions Another way to say it is that Andi Scham s perceptions are not yet prejudiced his interpretations not yet made logical and sterile by the clockwork mechanisms of adulthood The war to him is the doldrums but a spectacle and his uixotic visions and memories comprise the bookKi focuses on objects magnifying them in his descriptions revitalizing their interaction with their world A Singer sewing machine a dirty tray a painting of an angel a dog a book than inhabit a living space they have conseuences of their own Their dissolution is also the dissolution of their world a spool from which the thread unwinds as thick as a cord magnified and therefore difficult to recognize like the letter S giving the illusion of spider legs The emblem is painted a golden yellow like a nobleman s coat of arms and so are the arabesues on the lacuered head of the machine They are peeling here and there and the gilt drops off in thin delicate flakes The wooden base has also begun to peel especially along the edges First it blisters from temperature changes and dampness then it begins to wrinkle and split like diseased fingernails A small brass emblem elliptical like a medallion yellow and shiny is attached to the slender neck of the machine with two toothed screws The same spider spool is on the emblem but much clearer because of its reduced dimensions The words The Singer Manfg Co Trade Mark appear in bas relief on all sides as though the machine were a coin When I pressed the treadle the machine hummed like a lyre Notice the ualities of degradation of the sewing machine temperature changes dampness age evidence of poverty It is a lyre covered in spiders and webs with teeth a machine of wonder and danger and a symbol later you realize the Singer is what the children s only clothes are made on altered throwaways and that after Eduard Scham disappears sewing is the activity that occupies the desperate widow A particularly heartbreaking scene unfolds when the family after one of their numerous trips flights from the war from pogroms returns to their former dwelling to find the objects so wonderfully described earlier by Andi s wandering thoughts in ruin and decay and abandon One of the imminent devices of this novel is the use of object description as scene setting as narrative Things are reduced to the immediate as they often are in a child s eyes Andi s first sexual and religious experiences are told in a kind of fairy tale style a Garden of Eden encounter and the vengeful God and everything luminous and positive as in the description of the sewing machine is entwined with something dangerous and dark something eating away at the stability of each object and momentAt the center of all of this is the portrait of Andi s father monomaniacal prophetic apocalyptic Eduard Scham A book is at the center of his madness What began with a simple uestion How can one travel to Nicaragua develops into an obsession His Bus Ship Rail and Air Travel Guide a massive timetable of arrivals and departures into and out of every city in the world by every means of transportation began as an honest attempt at something like a travel guide but becomes a historical philosophical jeremiad as well as the continuing evidence of Eduard Scham s disconnection with reality In its third edition it has become a treatise on Eduard s personal pantheism world philosophy and theosophical rantings overflowing with inserts digressions and rambling endless end notes He is hounded and persecuted wherever he goes thought a madman and a spy by the inhabitants of the towns they settle in mainly due to his days long wanderings through the countryside subsisting on eggs found in bird s nests grass nettles and water from creeks his filthy soiled clothing his messianic vitriolic rants in local pubs and ostracized by his relatives Yet there is a sweetness in Eduard like a multi colored eggshell contained in the bramble of a nest and in the end one has to admit that his apocalyptic prophesies were proven true There are people my father continued who are born to be unhappy and to make others unhappy who are the victims of celestial intrigues incomprehensible to us guinea pigs for the celestial machinery rebels allotted the part of a rebel yet born by the cruel logic of the celestial comedy with their wings clipped They are titans without the power of titans dwarf titans whose only greatness was given them in the form of a rigid dose of sensitivity that dissolves their trifling strength like alcohol They follow their star their sick sensibility borne along by titanic plans and intentions but then break like waves against the rocky banks of triviality The height of the cruelty allotted them in lucidity that awareness of their own limitations that sick capacity for dissociation I look at myself in the role forced on me by the heavens and by fate conscious of my role at all times yet at the same time unable to resist it with the force of logic or will Fortunately as I said this role is coming to an end It is very easy to read into Eduard the fate of the entire Jewish population of Europe in WWII pursued vilified accosted criminalized and finally vanished And all of his titanic plans of unifying the motion and philosophies of the world in a single timetable vanish tooThe family lives on hungry desperate alone wandering But the luminosity of Andi s perceptions is maintained His particularly sensitive nature reacts He writes his first poem Thus art is born from tragedy as a coping mechanism as a retreat as a kind of redemption for the world of the survivors as an ark to maintain and restore meaning after a deluge


10 thoughts on “Bašta pepeo

  1. says:

    Garden Ashes is a very fanciful novel and in its poetical imagery it reminded me of Bruno Schulz’s storiesA boy and his family the times are h

  2. says:

    I don’t know if I am totally comfortable with liking a book such as Garden Ashes as much as I do The historical facts behind it’s necessity of being are too terrible and it brings up the uestion at least in my mind as to why I

  3. says:

    There are spoilers endemic to what follows How would a child have dealt with the horror of something as regimentally and encompassingly evil as the Holocaust? We are all armed to some degree with an imagination that can help us deflect ignore transform subsume select trials and tribulations within immiserating life; but the Shoah is an atrocity at an entirely overwhelming level—so that Andreas Scham the child's narrative voice relating

  4. says:

    Semi autobiographical memoir tremolo ed with essay lithograph phantasmagoria and confessional to name but a few a medley of style and temporal reads like a collection of self contained story pieces loosely threaded togetherKis was Yugoslavian or to be even imprecise half Austro Hungarian Jew and half Montenegrin Christian Finding

  5. says:

    Here’s what lingers for me 1 The hope that Gaddis was right that a work of art redeems time 2 Kis’ prose walk so thoroughly in the mind of a child’s limited conception of enduring still never allows you to forget the adult reflecting through the animation of detail Maybe writing a limited mimesis of the experience of the holocaust from the eyes of a child might seem realistic But there’s another sense i

  6. says:

    The realization that I was able to control my dreams channel them in a particular direction by my choice of reading matter or by thinking certain thoughts before going to sleep resulted in an explosion of my darkest impulses In fact I was liv

  7. says:

    I've read it at least four times once aloud while the passenger in a car from NYC to Iowa Easily the finest semi erotic epileptic fi

  8. says:

    My first experience with Kiš was A Tomb for Boris Davidovich a collection of seven stories that was very good Garden Ashes a novel centers on the childhood of Andi Scham during WWII and explores in particular his relationship with his eccentric father It was at least as good as Tomb—if not better I have a copy of The Encyclopedia of the Dead which will be my next Kiš

  9. says:

    For me this was one of those books that change your literary life a book after which you can't read the way you'

  10. says:

    Since childhood I was afflicted with a sick hypersensitivity and my imagination uickly turned everything into a memory too uickly sometimes one day was enough or an interval of a few hours or a routine change of place for an everyday event with a lyrical value that I did not sense at the time to become suddenly adorned with a radi

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