Item description for Magnus (Dedalus Europe 1992 -2012) by Sylvie Germain & Christine Donougher...
Magnus is a deeply moving and enigmatic novel about the Holocaust and its ramifications. It is Sylvie Germain's most commercially successful novel in France. It was awarded. The Goncourt Lyceen Prize for 2005. Magnus's story emerges in fragments, with the elements of his past appearing in a different light as he grows older. He discovers the voices of the deceased do not fall silent. He learns to listen to them and becomes attuned to the echoes of memory. There are books, Sylvie Germain tells us, written in such a way that sometimes they have an effect on the reader similar to the experience of pressing to your ear one of those big seashells, and suddenly hearing in it the quiet roar of your own blood. Magnus is such a book, of haunting poetic lyricism and moral passion, weaving truth out of fiction, using imagination and intuition to unlock the enigma of a human life and confer on history the power of myth and fable.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2008
Publisher Dedalus Limited
ISBN 1903517621 ISBN13 9781903517628
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Should be 10 stars! Aug 11, 2008
Who am I? Who are you? Who goes there? These most important questions that all of us ultimately ask -- the answers to which we so rarely adequately receive -- this novel is, on one level, about those questions. On another level, it is about a person, from early childhood till middleage, and his life as he tries to find the answer to who he truly is. We first see him as apparently the young son of an SS nazi doctor, then as a young man in England, Mexico, California, then back to Europe as he deals with guilt (that is certainly not his), a growing understanding of who he is not, but not who he is. Many of his greatest discoveries come in the midst of the griefs that life sometimes brings.
So, yes, it is a good novel in terms of the story. But in terms of the writing itself, this transcents good and becomes great. This is a truly great novel. This is nobel prize great. I love Sylvie Germain, and it truly grieves me that there are 3000 reviews for some pop books, and only my inadequate one for this work of brilliant art.