Title Profile & Character Information

Fugitive Pieces

Annotation
ANew York TimesNotable Book of the YearWinner of the Lannan Literary Fiction AwardWinner of the Guardian Fiction AwardIn 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry. With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption.As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose,Fugitive Piecesis a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.

Awards
1997  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
1997  Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award
1997  Guardian First Book Award
1996  Jewish Book Award
1997  Orange Prize for Fiction
1997  Toronto Book Awards

Characters
NameBeer, Jakob
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsPoet
 Translator
 Poet
 Translator
TraitsJewish
Polish
Immigrant
Jewish
Polish
Immigrant

NameRoussos, Athos
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsGeologist
 Professor
 Geologist
 Professor
TraitsGreek
Immigrant
Greek
Immigrant

NameBen
GendersMale
 Male
OccupationsProfessor
 Professor
TraitsJewish
Jewish

GenreSociological
Diary
Literary
Fiction
TopicsWorld War II
Holocaust survivors
Children of Holocaust survivors
Memories
Immigrants
World War II
Holocaust survivors
Children of Holocaust survivors
Memories
Immigrants
SettingPoland
Greece
Toronto, Ontario
Poland
Greece
Toronto, Ontario