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Soul of wood

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Jakov Lind's Soul of Wood brought its author immediate fame when it was published in 1962, earning him a reputation as one of the most boldly imaginative post war writers. In the title novella and six stories here, Lind deals masterfully with a world of horror through fantasy, paradox, and sardonic distortion and brings to life the agonies of 20th century Europe. In "Soul of Wood," Anton Barth, a paralyzed young Jew, is smuggled to safety as his parents are shipped off to their deaths. Then, however, we discover that Barth's purported protector, the wooden-legged war invalid Wohlbrecht who is the deeply unreliable, self-pitying, half-mad narrator of the story, has simply abandoned the helpless boy in a forest cabin. Wohlbrecht returns to Vienna, where he is soon busy assisting a psychiatrist in administering lethal injections to his patient. But as the Germany collapses before the Russian offensive, Wohlbrecht rushes back to the woods in the frenzied hope that he will somehow be able to reclaim "his" Jew, and so preserve himself from retribution. Horrifying and humorous by turns, Lind's stories alternate scenes of pure savagery and madcap hilarity, displaying a grim inventiveness unmatched ion modern literature.

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Author(s):
Jakov Lind
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1590173309
ISBN-13:
9781590173305
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Title:
Soul of wood

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Jakov Lind's Soul of Wood brought its author immediate fame when it was published in 1962, earning him a reputation as one of the most boldly imaginative post war writers. In the title novella and six stories here, Lind deals masterfully with a world of horror through fantasy, paradox, and sardonic distortion and brings to life the agonies of 20th century Europe. In "Soul of Wood," Anton Barth, a paralyzed young Jew, is smuggled to safety as his parents are shipped off to their deaths. Then, however, we discover that Barth's purported protector, the wooden-legged war invalid Wohlbrecht who is the deeply unreliable, self-pitying, half-mad narrator of the story, has simply abandoned the helpless boy in a forest cabin. Wohlbrecht returns to Vienna, where he is soon busy assisting a psychiatrist in administering lethal injections to his patient. But as the Germany collapses before the Russian offensive, Wohlbrecht rushes back to the woods in the frenzied hope that he will somehow be able to reclaim "his" Jew, and so preserve himself from retribution. Horrifying and humorous by turns, Lind's stories alternate scenes of pure savagery and madcap hilarity, displaying a grim inventiveness unmatched ion modern literature.

Author(s):
Jakov Lind
Condition:
Used: good
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1590173309
ISBN-13:
9781590173305
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Title:
Soul of wood

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