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Knjiga o Blamu Miroslav Blam walks through the empty streets of Novi Sad remembering The war has ended but for Blam the town is haunted with its presence and memories of its dead Aaron Grün the hunchbacked watchmaker; Eduard Fiker a lamp merchant; Jakob Mentele a stove fitter; Arthur Spitzer a grocer who played amateur soccer and had non Jewish friends; and Sándor Vértes a communist lawyer They stand before him as ever but they are only the ghosts in Blam's mind Accompanying the others are Blam's family and his best friend all of whom perished in the infamous Novi Sad raid in January 1942 Blam lives He seeks no revenge no retribution His life is a spectator's made all the agonizing by the clarity with which he sees the events around him The silhouettes of the dead pass before him and he incorporates what would have been their daily lives into his own And in telling the story of one man's life after the war Ti

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  1. says:

    NYRB has been releasing the best of World Literature in the past few years I for one have replaced my Penguin classics Fetish with NYRB I've said it many times NYRB is the future

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    From the Introduction In April 1941 when Tišma was thirteen years old Yugoslavia was invaded and occupied by German Italian Hungarian and Bulgarian troops Jews if they did not fall into the hands of the Nazis to be taken to Serbia and gassed in mobile vans were persecuted or perished in a series of raids the most notorious of which took place in Novi Sad There over a period of three days starting on January 20 1942 some 1400 Jews and Serbs including women and small children were led at gunpoint onto the frozen Danube shot in the back and shoved into holes in the ice Tišma and most of his family were spared thanks to a Hungarian neighbor who misled the soldiers knocking on doors and searching for people on their list but his beloved grandmother Theresa Miller was rounded up with several hundred other Jews and Serbs and was on her way to the banks of the Danube to be killed when a cable arrived from military authorities in Budapest ordering an end to the mass slaughterTišma uses this a lived horror as the temporal setting for his story And Blam whose book it is is born from Tišma's shaped sense of estrangement I found it odd but not off putting that Blam was in full blown adolescent rut while all around him the world appeared to be ending He would let himself be baptized He would marry a Christian And so he would be saved And so he would be lost There is an intriguing symbiotic character a Serbian collaborator named Predrag Popadić Poapdić becomes Blam's wife's lover and fathers a daughter passed off as Blam's He finds work for Blam And when the soldiers come he saves Blam's lifeBlam learns all this and so he is numb when later he is offered a chance at another revengeTišma suggests you listen to Dvořák's Serenade for Strings when you sort this through

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    Tišma's Book of Blam is what I'd like to call a book that explains without having to explain Some of us are slain because of what we believe inSome of us are slain because of who we associate withSome of us are slain because we look like the enemyMiroslav Blam survives due to a conversion and without saying he feels guilt he bleeds it all over the pages As people around him die for someone's purpose or their own he wanders around wishing his life had meaning He seems like a man that wants to die but also needs to find a reason to enjoy life; survivor's guilt is almost as bad as deathThis is the end Aca Krkljuš is now exactly what he would have been had he not returned from the Danube and what Blam would have been had he remained with his family in that house in Vojvoda Šupljikac Suare had have not been so taken with Janja or perhaps with the salvation he sensed in her Was it worth it? Inhaling the moist air redolent with freshly dug earth drawing in deeply into his lungs he feels it was life is wonderful sweet fragrant palpable engrossing He feels a thrilling irresistible impetus in the cold contact of the raindrops on his neck feels it in the sticky soil that cools the soles of his feet through the stiff soles of his shoes feels it in his frozen hands that seek warmth in the pockets of his coat Death is terrifying no matter where and when it comes and life though it brings us closer to death with every instant is wonderfulOnce we become de sensitized from the atrocities of an era history will repeat itself You can guarantee that

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    During WWII Yugoslavia was carved up partitioned dissected and euthanised In the Vojvodina province Novi Sad was governed by the Hungarians and along with Jews many old scores were settledMiroslav Blam survives but now needs to live with his regrets guilt and difficultly with people who were once his enemies The book has a couple of depressing chapters that stood out from the other depressing chapters One describes what happened to the individuals who resided in Jew Street Another described the 1942 massacre of Jews and Serbs by following the conduct of a number of the Hungarian patrols In between these depressive tales the book also covers the normality of life that also occurred and the revengeful atrocities that occurred at the end of WWIIIn a short book Tisma gives a snapshot of the complexities of Serbia and the brutality of man to man

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    My first reading of this elegiac novel happned as I was housesitting of sorts for my friend Roger This was during his brief period between marriages houses and apparently outlooks on life The issues are universal; in the Lager survival was random not a merit It was a few years later that I bought my own copy at Suare Books and read it again Strange I also bought Chabon's Final Solution while there

  6. says:

    one of the six million stories of holocaust set in novi sad where waves of war cruelty and destruction washed back and forth over the area blam survives and tells of his life as a survivor in his neighborhood still seeing his streets his tormentors his few friends a classic of wwii and aftermaths

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    If you are looking for a light read a joyful read or a book that is filled with peaceful depictions then 'The Book of Blam' is not for you The pages are filled with compelling flashbacks and interwoven memories of times past infused in Blam's reflections within his current life His daily life is played out minute by minute without wasting one second in reflection of his family friends and those he knew of in Novi Sad The trauma of Holocaust events played into his life in every aspect and the emotional and mental damage to him was extremeI found the word imagery to be vivid and brilliant and Tisma's depictions of events gripping It was difficult to put down even though it was a slow moving readIt was confusing to me at first and took me a while to realize that he was living the lives of others no longer with him His reflections included their routines and way of being in the here and now as though they were still living breathing individualsThe story line all told is a sad one and one that does not sweeten or sugar coat life during WWII a period of extensive upheavals and slaughters in Novi Sad In that respect I thought that 'The Book of Blam' was brilliantly written

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    The Book of Blam gives us a powerful portrayal of the Holocaust in the Balkans through the eyes of Blam a man whose survival is arguably curse than blessing Tišma plops the reader down in Eastern Europe and unflinchingly guides them through a heavily based on fact fictionalized account of the January 1942 Novi Sad Massacre and the subseuent deportation of the Jewish population I thought The Book of Blam was challenging to read at times it's certainly not the most uplifting piece of fiction Yet we cannot shy away from the darker sides of history and The Book of Blam is an invaluable work of fiction for that reason Additionally I though Heim's translation was readable and did the book justice

  9. says:

    Miroslav Blam is a non religious Jew brought up in the Serbian town of Novi Sad and leads a relatively straightforward and unremarkable life there until the start of the Second World War With the Hungarian occupation of the town the policies and the whims of anti Semitism impact on his life and on those of his friends and family Blam is the only survivor of a network of family and friends The Book of Blam details his reminiscences of what happened to the people he knew during that brutal and senseless time and Aleksandar Tisma doesn't pull any punches in his telling of those stories Not a pleasant read at all but a different take on the Holocaust

  10. says:

    45 rly

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