Item description for Wandering Star (Lannan Translation Selection Series) by C. Dickson J.M.G. Le Clezio...
Le Clzio is that rare combination of best-selling author and artist of the highest order. Wandering Star received extraordinary critical praise in France. Pierre Lepape extolled it in Le Monde, noting that Le Clzio neither moralizes nor takes a political stance: "He goes much farther than that, much deeper; he seeks the signs of human misery and of potential peace at the very heart of life, in a confrontation with time and the elements; with the sun and the earth, with birth and death, with the mystery of origins and the enigma of the future, with the necessity of both remembering and forgetting, without which nothing can be healed."
Wandering Star tells two discrete stories of two young girls, one Jewish and one Palestinian, who meet once briefly by chance. Their stories are connected by substance, rather than plot. Each is a wandering star in search of a homeland-Esther escaping the Nazi holocaust, and Nejma, who experiences the horrors of life in the camps. Yet through this novel of dark times and human suffering, affirmation shines as the characters encounter the beauty of nature and instances of human kindness and love.
"Wandering Star is a luminous lesson in humanity amid the ruins of civilization and intelligence."-Eric Deschodt, La Figuro
"Wandering Star can unquestionably be ranked among the very great novels. This is true not only because of the precision and evocative power of the writing, the subtlety and balance of the construction, the magnitude and loftiness of the subject, but also because of the stature and the trajectory of the protagonist, Esther Grve, who survives the holocaust only to be confronted in the land of her dreams with another tragedy."-L' Humanit
Author of over 20 novels, J.M.G. Le Clzio teaches at the University of New Mexico.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.27" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Curbstone Press
ISBN 1931896119 ISBN13 9781931896115
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Novel on struggles and hopes of refugees Sep 28, 2004
The "wandering stars" are two young girls, each trying to escape from an oppressive, threatening condition. Esther is a Jewish girl who escapes from Nazi-occupied Europe to Israel. Nejma lives in a Palestinian refugee camp. The two girls' lives are not intertwined physically, but rather spiritually in how they both deal with similar feelings of fear, helplessness, and desire for a better life. Le Clezio, a French author of 20 novels, goes beyond politics, cultural differences, and historical moments to cast light on the universal feelings in experiences of suffering and the struggles, desires, and dreams growing out of such experiences.