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In a Dark Wood
 
 
Author
Marcel Moring. Shaun Whiteside, trans.
Publisher Harper  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.5 x 1.5 inches
ISBN 9780066212418
Pages/Publication Date 449/2006
Daedalus Item Code 21757
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In a tapestry of writing styles, fantasy, and philosophical speculations, the Dutch author of Mendel, In Babylon, and The Dream Room leads us on a vivid exploration of loss and guilt through the maelstrom of the 20th century. In 1945 young Jacob Noah emerges from hiding to discover that his family has perished under the Nazis. Starting as a shoemaker in the town of Assen he eventually becomes the city's most influential entrepreneur, yet remains a dispirited, loveless man—until a traffic accident, 40 years after the war, sends him on a journey through his own soul. Loosely based on Dante's Inferno, this ambitious in-depth study of European angst and fear after the Holocaust confirms Marcel Möring's place among "the ranks of the most important European writers of his generation."—Die Welt

"His family killed by the Nazis, young Jacob Noah survived by hiding in a peat bog for three years. Decades later, Jacob Noah the successful but emotionally charred businessman runs his car off the road and plunges into a preternatural twilight journey through his hometown, the Dutch town of Assen. With a spectral figure calling himself the 'Jew of Assen' as his guide, Jacob observes the lives of his neighbors and family from a distance, contemplating the circumstances of his estrangement amid the pulsing morass of Assen on the beery, smoky evening before its annual TT motorcycle race. Among those observed is Marcus Kolpa, an intellectual whose ambivalence about his identity as a young European Jew may be as intense as his unpronounced love for Jacob's free-spirited daughter, Chaja.... Möring deploys a prodigious mélange of motifs and narrative styles (including concrete poetry and a brief comic-strip intermezzo), rendering this selection a virtuoso performance."—Booklist

 
 
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