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Missing pieces : stories /
by Stanisław Benski ; translated by Walter Arndt.
1st ed. --
San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1990.
160 p. ; 22 cm.
0151605858 :
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San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, c1990.
0151605858 :
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"A Helen and Kurt Wolff book."
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1992-02-03:
Benski's powerful, poignant stories focus on Holocaust survivors struggling to reclaim their lost identities in devastated postwar Warsaw. (Mar.)
Appeared in Library Journal on 1990-07:
The stories in this collection accent the lives, broken dreams, and twisted bodies of a group of current old-age home residents in Poland, most of whom are survivors of the Holocaust. The author, who was the director of the nursing home described in the stories, features vignettes about these few remaining Jews in Poland, trying to preserve their memory. These people remember youthful liaisons, family attachments, and unresolved enmity, all of which they relive with the attendants and the other residents. In ``Snapshot'' the mementos Dora Sharf keeps in a large black handbag jog a memory heavy with tragedy, while ``Missing Pieces'' tells of a couple who escaped the tragedies of the Holocaust and now reconstruct a curriculum vitae filled with atrocities to share vicariously with their dead relatives and friends. These are people reaching backward for meaning and definition. Poignant and well written.--Molly Abramowitz, Silver Spring, Md.
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Table of Contents
The Tzaddik's Grandsonp. 1
Colored Drawingsp. 9
The Roundp. 18
The Viperp. 26
Trouble Sleepingp. 37
Snapshotp. 44
Forty-nine Visitsp. 52
Sulamithp. 59
Diamond or Glassp. 70
Three Leftp. 80
A Phone Call from Londonp. 101
Syndromep. 108
On the Cornerp. 122
A Strange Countryp. 132
Missing Piecesp. 139
Five Mouths to Feedp. 146
Editor's Notep. 159
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