New PDF release: And the Rat Laughed

By Nava Semel

ISBN-10: 1876462655

ISBN-13: 9781876462659

And the Rat Laughed is a special ebook. in contrast to different Holocaust-related books that target the historic awful occasions, this novel bargains with the act of remembering them. It resembles a relay race within which the characters move reminiscence from each other, whereas vacationing at the axis of time. The booklet starts off within the final day of 1999, while a survivor Grandmother in Tel Aviv stocks her tragic existence tale as a hidden baby in a pit, with just a rat for corporation together with her granddaughter. The day after – 2000 already – the granddaughter tells the legend of "Girl and Rat" to her instructor and in 2009 those that heard it via her classmates identify a web web site with poems. to any extent further this reminiscence is unfold around the world and turns into a fantasy. In 2099 a destiny anthropologist discovers it and attempts to discover its mysterious roots. In her learn, she finds the 1st guy who created this fable some time past. Father Stanislaw, a Catholic priest, stored that little Jewish woman (who later turned the Grandmother in Tel Aviv) and lower back her after the battle to her Jewish humans. In his own magazine he documented every thing, to ensure the area won't ever overlook. The chain of remembearers, for this reason, strikes from the current to the longer term and again to the earlier. the radical is written in five genres: tale, legend, poems, technology fiction and diary, making a cycle of a hundred and fifty years. And the Rat Laughed acquired popularity of its use of unconventional and unique literary units and have become a floor breaker for exploring the act of reminiscence itself. How will we inform our painful tale? Does it switch whereas we recollect it? How will our subsequent recipient recollect it in his personal person means? Is artwork the single hall to move emotional reminiscence?

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She found excuses to avoid the hard labor of remembering, as if the time she’d spent in that hiding place had been excised. Excised? Who was the surgeon who had done such a good job? The storyteller knows the answer; and the listener can only guess. *** How long did it last? How much time? The word time had not been part of her vocabulary, and even if it had been, the little-girl-who-once-was would not have known how to cut it down to size. Without understanding what she was doing, she calculated how many “whens” had gone by since her birthday.

What might have happened if... What if the girl sitting across from her had been there instead? It would have been totally different. Or maybe not. *** A home. Her room. There’s a window in the wall. A rose-patterned lace curtain. A doll with braids. She’d gone to sleep with the doll under her pillow. In the middle of the night she got up and pulled out the doll, worried that it might suffocate. She told the doll she was sorry. Her mother laughed. The granddaughter is disappointed. That wasn’t the beginning she’d been hoping for.

And not out of nostalgia. The old woman is the little girl who once was. True, it would take a daring leap of the imagination to connect pudgy little hands to the body as it is now, or to visualize the dimples and the baby teeth. But since the reflection of the little-girl-who-once-was has none of that wistful sweetness to it, we will not refer to her as “that little girl”. Whenever the old woman stands in front of the mirror, she searches – and she keeps searching – in the hope of not finding.

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