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‘I often dreamed about the moment of the fall a silence that lasted a second possibly two a room full of sixty people and no one making a sound as if everyone were waiting for my classmate to cry out but he lay on the ground with his eyes closed’A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong and a thirteen year old boy is left injur. Phenomenal powerful heartbreaking written in spare beautiful proseMy body was shaking I managed to choke back tears but I was choked for almost the entire amount of time it took to read this slim novel in one sitting I knew nothing I mean nothing about this book until I started it early this morning Truth be told I only bought it yesterday kindle download when I realized I had forgotten about our Jewish book club discussion this coming Sunday I haven t read any reviews or seen anything written about this book yet Its written by a Brazilian author Author Michal Laub was named one of Granta s twenty Best Young Brazilian Novelists in 2012 His writing is personal emotional thought provoking and highly absorbinga reader won t be drifting off I can t say enough about my experience reading this I m filled with emotions for one thing A good cry is on hold I need a walk the minute I m done typing this little book report There are a zillion things I want to say but what I wish to say most isJUST READ IT Its VERY engaging It knocked the wind out of me at timesand I feel confident to recommend it to everyone The narrator writes about his grandfather an Auschwitz survivor his father himself his Jewish private school his close friend who is not Jewish a horrific prank the cost of that prank anti semitism alcoholism marriages Alzheimer s PlusWe get information about the author Primo Levi I haven t read any of Levi s books so this was a side plus opening for me I went to google to read about Primo Levi I needed to others might not This novel is very intimate and huge globally at the same time Given how much many of us have read about the Holocaust I m sure many think its impossible to read anything fresh eye opening and fundamentally essential when it comes to the Holocaust and from a new author some young punk from Brazil under the age of 20 You ve got to be kiddingYet Michal Laub did something brilliant with this small novelReaders will see it and feel what I m talking about when they read it This is an easy read and an important book I highly suggest it to Jews and non JewsI went in blind I wish others would too It you are a reader who can trust in picking a book without reading many or any reviews this is a great risk There are many powerful uotes I could leavebut I m going to only leave one teaser because its after this teaser when things change the result is excruciating and complicated It isn t the same thing as saying out loud that you hate someone and wish them dead but anyone who has a relative who spent time in Auschwitz can confirm the rule that from childhood on you know that you can speak lightly about anything but that and so my father s reaction to my remark was predictable enough repeat what you just said go on if you re brave enough and I looked him straight in the eye and said very slowly this time that he could stick Auschwitz and Nazism and my grandfather up his arse To see what happens next you must read this book its EYE OPENINGAbsolutely absolutely one of the top 5 if not top 3 best books I ve read this yearAlso I m so proud of this book Kudos to the author Michal LaubWhat a terrific contribution to Jewish Literature Under the Knife / Whistleblower year old boy is left injur. Phenomenal powerful heartbreaking written in spare beautiful proseMy body was shaking I managed to choke back tears but I was choked for almost the entire amount of time it took to read this slim novel in one sitting I knew nothing I mean nothing about this book until I started it early this morning Truth be told I only bought it Warrior Rising (The Esri yesterday kindle download when I realized I had forgotten about our Jewish book club discussion this coming Sunday I haven t read any reviews or seen anything written about this book Mistress at a Price yet Its written by a Brazilian author Author Michal Laub was named one of Granta s twenty Best Young Brazilian Novelists in 2012 His writing is personal emotional thought provoking and highly absorbinga reader won t be drifting off I can t say enough about my experience reading this I m filled with emotions for one thing A good cry is on hold I need a walk the minute I m done typing this little book report There are a zillion things I want to say but what I wish to say most isJUST READ IT Its VERY engaging It knocked the wind out of me at timesand I feel confident to recommend it to everyone The narrator writes about his grandfather an Auschwitz survivor his father himself his Jewish private school his close friend who is not Jewish a horrific prank the cost of that prank anti semitism alcoholism marriages Alzheimer s PlusWe get information about the author Primo Levi I haven t read any of Levi s books so this was a side plus opening for me I went to google to read about Primo Levi I needed to others might not This novel is very intimate and huge globally at the same time Given how much many of us have read about the Holocaust I m sure many think its impossible to read anything fresh eye opening and fundamentally essential when it comes to the Holocaust and from a new author some The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress you are a reader who can trust in picking a book without reading many or any reviews this is a great risk There are many powerful uotes I could leavebut I m going to only leave one teaser because its after this teaser when things change the result is excruciating and complicated It isn t the same thing as saying out loud that A Millionaire for Cinderella (In Love with the Boss you hate someone and wish them dead but anyone who has a relative who spent time in Auschwitz can confirm the rule that from childhood on Tame A Wild Stallion you know that Daddy By Choice you can speak lightly about anything but that and so my father s reaction to my remark was predictable enough repeat what Stealing Kisses you just said go on if One Breathless Night / Insatiable you re brave enough and I looked him straight in the eye and said very slowly this time that he could stick Auschwitz and Nazism and my grandfather up his arse To see what happens next Old Flame, New Sparks you must read this book its EYE OPENINGAbsolutely absolutely one of the top 5 if not top 3 best books I ve read this Lone Star Baby Bombshell yearAlso I m so proud of this book Kudos to the author Michal LaubWhat a terrific contribution to Jewish Literature

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Er who survived Auschwitz filling notebook after notebook with the false memories of someone desperate to forgetBeautiful and brave Michel Laub’s novel asks the most basic – and yet most complex – uestions about history and identity exploring what stories we choose to tell about ourselves and how we become the people we a. This is a short novel comprising mostly of brief numbered paragraphs made up of long sentences which sometimes encompass an entire paragraph You feel like you want to hold your breath before each section and then take a few moments to regulate your breathing after you ve finished before diving in again Sometimes the pressure forces you back and you feel like you re covering the same ground not sure what would be an appropriate auatic metaphor here again and again And you are In his review in The Wall Street Journal Boris Fishman describes the book as foggy and fugue like catalogue of abstract circular ruminations and I see where he s coming from It deals with three generations and how they ve all been affected by the Holocaust The grandfather was there one of the few to survive Auschwitz His son who was born in Brazil and at the age of fourteen walks into his father s study to learn that he s committed suicide The grandson the man who is writing this account started drinking when he was thirteen and ends up an alcoholic whose third marriage is just about to go down the toilet pan when he learns that his father has Alzheimer s The first three sections are entitled A Few Things I Know About my Grandfather A Few Things I Know About my Father and A Few Things I Know About Myself but the divisions aren t as neat as that and from the off Laub jumps between all three storyline so I m not sure that he was doing here The same goes for the notes sections Really the whole book is one long disjointed text which gradually fills in the blanks and makes most sense towards the end once you realise who the book was written for The grandfather wrote my grandfather s memoir can be summed up in the phrase the world as it should be he spends his final years filling notebooks with an account of his life in which the Holocaust never happened and the father wrote the world as it really is he talks incessantly about the Holocaust and frets constantly about his son s lack of interest in Judaism and once he realises his memory is going begins to obsessively write down everything he can remember and now the son is writing too11In thirty years time it will be almost impossible to find anyone who was imprisoned in Auschwitz12In sixty years time it will be very hard to find the son of anyone who was imprisoned in Auschwitz13In three or four generations the name Auschwitz will have about as much importance as the names Majdanek Sobibor and Belzec have today The fall in the title is a literal fall Or rather a drop Our narrator goes to a school where most of the students are Jews One Jo o who is not Jewish is persecuted mercilessly by the other boys son of a bitch goy and yet the boy stoically takes it This isn t so much a reacion to the Holocaust It s just boys being boys and if you re different then you re going to be picked on The culmination of the bullying happens during Jo o s birthday partyAlmost all my schoolfriends were bar mitzvahed The ceremony always took place on a Saturday morning The birthday boy would wear the tallit and be called upon to pray along with the adults Then there would be a lunch or a dinner usually held in some posh hotel and one of my schoolfriends favourite tricks was to put shoe polish on the door handles of the rooms Another favourite trick was to pee in the boxes of hand towels provided in the gentlemen s toilets There was another trick too although it only happened once when it was time to sing Happy Birthday and because that particular year it had become the custom to give the birthday boy the bumps tossing him into the air thirteen times with a group of boys catching him as he fell like a fireman s safety net except that on the day in uestion the net disappeared on the thirteenth fall and the birthday boy crashed to the floor Jo o is not Jewish but he is still making an effort to fit in and so he invites his classmate over and they decide to drop himWhen he fell he bruised a vertebra had to stay in bed for two months wear an orthopaedic corset for a further few months and go to a physiotherapist during the whole of that time on top of being taken to hospital and having his party end in a general atmosphere of perplexity at least among the adults presentIn time Jo o gets better and returns to school where surprisingly a friendship develops between him and our narrator only to go sour sometime later once Jo o regains his strength Ultimately this is a book about memories and I suppose our responsibilities to those memories the ones that made us who we are and the ones that made the people who made us who we are My feeling is that Laub loses his way a bit towards the end of the book the sections taking about the nonviability of human experience I struggled with but I think by then his point had been made and he was just repeating himself which is a shame because there re some interesting ideas here Jews who don t believe their identities should be shaped by the Holocaust and Jew as persecutors One Breathless Night / Insatiable yet most complex – uestions about history and identity exploring what stories we choose to tell about ourselves and how we become the people we a. This is a short novel comprising mostly of brief numbered paragraphs made up of long sentences which sometimes encompass an entire paragraph You feel like Old Flame, New Sparks you want to hold Lone Star Baby Bombshell your breath before each section and then take a few moments to regulate Lullabies and Lies your breathing after A Night to Remember you back and On Fire you re covering the same ground not sure what would be an appropriate auatic metaphor here again and again And The Doctor Takes a Princess you are In his review in The Wall Street Journal Boris Fishman describes the book as foggy and fugue like catalogue of abstract circular ruminations and I see where he s coming from It deals with three generations and how they ve all been affected by the Holocaust The grandfather was there one of the few to survive Auschwitz His son who was born in Brazil and at the age of fourteen walks into his father s study to learn that he s committed suicide The grandson the man who is writing this account started drinking when he was thirteen and ends up an alcoholic whose third marriage is just about to go down the toilet pan when he learns that his father has Alzheimer s The first three sections are entitled A Few Things I Know About my Grandfather A Few Things I Know About my Father and A Few Things I Know About Myself but the divisions aren t as neat as that and from the off Laub jumps between all three storyline so I m not sure that he was doing here The same goes for the notes sections Really the whole book is one long disjointed text which gradually fills in the blanks and makes most sense towards the end once Rescued by the Viking you realise who the book was written for The grandfather wrote my grandfather s memoir can be summed up in the phrase the world as it should be he spends his final The Australians Society Bride years filling notebooks with an account of his life in which the Holocaust never happened and the father wrote the world as it really is he talks incessantly about the Holocaust and frets constantly about his son s lack of interest in Judaism and once he realises his memory is going begins to obsessively write down everything he can remember and now the son is writing too11In thirty Master of Maramba years time it will be almost impossible to find anyone who was imprisoned in Auschwitz12In sixty Daring to Date the Boss years time it will be very hard to find the son of anyone who was imprisoned in Auschwitz13In three or four generations the name Auschwitz will have about as much importance as the names Majdanek Sobibor and Belzec have today The fall in the title is a literal fall Or rather a drop Our narrator goes to a school where most of the students are Jews One Jo o who is not Jewish is persecuted mercilessly by the other boys son of a bitch goy and Sasvim skromni darovi yet the boy stoically takes it This isn t so much a reacion to the Holocaust It s just boys being boys and if Larenzos Christmas Baby you re different then Protective Instincts (Mission: Rescue you re going to be picked on The culmination of the bullying happens during Jo o s birthday partyAlmost all my schoolfriends were bar mitzvahed The ceremony always took place on a Saturday morning The birthday boy would wear the tallit and be called upon to pray along with the adults Then there would be a lunch or a dinner usually held in some posh hotel and one of my schoolfriends favourite tricks was to put shoe polish on the door handles of the rooms Another favourite trick was to pee in the boxes of hand towels provided in the gentlemen s toilets There was another trick too although it only happened once when it was time to sing Happy Birthday and because that particular Protecting His Brothers Bride year it had become the custom to give the birthday boy the bumps tossing him into the air thirteen times with a group of boys catching him as he fell like a fireman s safety net except that on the day in uestion the net disappeared on the thirteenth fall and the birthday boy crashed to the floor Jo o is not Jewish but he is still making an effort to fit in and so he invites his classmate over and they decide to drop himWhen he fell he bruised a vertebra had to stay in bed for two months wear an orthopaedic corset for a further few months and go to a physiotherapist during the whole of that time on top of being taken to hospital and having his party end in a general atmosphere of perplexity at least among the adults presentIn time Jo o gets better and returns to school where surprisingly a friendship develops between him and our narrator only to go sour sometime later once Jo o regains his strength Ultimately this is a book about memories and I suppose our responsibilities to those memories the ones that made us who we are and the ones that made the people who made us who we are My feeling is that Laub loses his way a bit towards the end of the book the sections taking about the nonviability of human experience I struggled with but I think by then his point had been made and he was just repeating himself which is a shame because there re some interesting ideas here Jews who don t believe their identities should be shaped by the Holocaust and Jew as persecutors

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Ed Years later one of the classmates relives the episode as he tries to come to terms with his demons Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations a man examining the mistakes of his past and his struggle for forgiveness; a father with Alzheimer’s for whom recording every memory has become an obsession; and a grandfath. Unto the Fourth GenerationPhysically small and compact this is a bullet of a book that hits you in the small of the back and keeps hitting until your moral spine has been shattered and then painfully reassembled Although not dealing with the subject directly it makes the first genuinely new contribution to Holocaust literature that I have read in a long time It does this by concentrating not on the nineteen forties themselves but the effect of that legacy upon the children grandchildren and even great grandchildren of the survivors Indeed the author Brazilian Michel Laub knows he is treading on well trampled ground and is almost embarrassed to bring it up againEyewitnesses have already recounted the story detail by detail and there are sixty years of reports and essays and analyses generations of historians and philosophers and artists who devoted their lives to adding footnotes to all that material in an effort to refresh again the world s view on the matter the reflex reaction everyone has to the word AUSCHWITZ so not for a second would it occur to me to repeat those ideas if they were not in some way essential if I am to talk about my grandfather and therefore about my father and therefore about myselfIt is difficult to know how much of the story is true It is labeled a novel yet the first person narrator is a Brazilian writer of Laub s age born where he was born Porto Allegre and living where he is now living S o Paulo It is written in the form of a memoir in short sections of numbered paragraphs entitled A Few Things I Know About My Grandfather A Few Things I Know About My Father A Few Things I Know About Myself and so on In fact though each section includes all three generations that is the point The history of one affects the history of the next and the one after Even the form of the book is a family legacy After being freed and emigrating to Brazil the grandfather began obsessively compiling a sort of encyclopedia defining the world as it ought to be where for instance the seedy pension where he collapsed with typhoid is described with all the attributes of a luxury sanatorium Late in his life the father compiles a similar set of paragraphs describing the world as it actually was And now the book being written by Laub s protagonist takes the very same form the wreck he has almost made of his own life meticulously notated for the benefit of yet another generationLike one of those puzzles where wooden shapes must interlock in one particular way Laub takes a very small number of facts rotating them obsessively looking at them from all angles before slowly adding another and another The controlled manner in which he adds new information is the closest this book comes to having a plot so I will only mention the first couple of blocks here One is the fact of his grandfather s ordeal The other which gives the novel its title is about a malicious prank that he and his friends played on a classmate called Jo o at his thirteenth birthday party a boy they persecuted simply because he was the only Gentile in their synagogue school class Though totally different in scale and conseuence this act of cruelty and the Holocaust are moral mirrors of one another The writer recoils from the image of himself that he sees but it does not end there bit by bit pieces get added to the growing tragedy I won t say that there are not moments when this obsessive recycling of material does not get a little tedious but at the end one final piece is added that suddenly locks the whole puzzle into a new and even hopeful formSmall though it is this is a masterpiece and I think an important one By this time it should go without saying that the translation by Margaret Jull Costa reads like the thing itself Highly recommended

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  • 20 March 2019
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About the Author: Michel Laub

Michel Laub was born in Porto Alegre in 1973 and lives in São Paulo He is a writer and journalist he was editor in chief of Bravo magazine and coordinator of publications and internet at Instituto Moreira Salles Today he is a columnist for Folha de SPaulo in addition to collaborating with several publishers and vehicles He published six novels all published by Companhia das Letras Música



10 thoughts on “Diário da ueda

  1. says:

    Phenomenal powerful heartbreaking written in spare beautiful proseMy body was shaking I managed to choke back tears but I was 'choked' for almost the entire amount of time it took to read this slim novel in one sitting I knew 'nothing' I mean 'nothing' about this book until I started it early this morning Truth be told I only bought it yesterday kindle download when I realized I had forgotten about our Jewish book club discussion

  2. says:

    My dear goodreads friend Elyse recommended that I read Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub because she knows that I am always up for reading both Jewish content books as well as novels that take place in South America Intrigued by reading another Portuguese language author in translation I decided to try this slim novel in diary form As Rosh Hashanah is approaching and I take stock in what blessings I have in my life Laub's novel reminds me t

  3. says:

    Michel Laub is a Brazilian lawyer turned writer and Diary of the Fall is his first novel published in EnglishThis is a short book composed mostly of numbered short paragraphs each containing just a few sentences As the title suggest t

  4. says:

    Is it possible to hate an Auschwitz survivor? Or worse to feel indifferent to his sufferings? These are a couple of the uestions that are posed in Brazilian writer Michael Laub’s spare and shimmering new book Diary of the FallThe narrator is two generations removed from Auschwitz a privileged boy who is attending a nearly all Jewish scho

  5. says:

    Unto the Fourth GenerationPhysically small and compact this is a bullet of a book that hits you in the small of the back and keeps hitting until your moral spine has been shattered and then painfully reassembled Although not dealing with the subject directly it makes the first genuinely new contribution to Holocaust literature that I have read in a long time It does this by concentrating not on the nineteen forties themselves but the effect

  6. says:

    a ruminative and rueful reflection on the past and its power to tether us to it diary of the fall diário da ueda is the first of michel laub's five books to be translated into english laub a porto alegre born former lawyer turned wr

  7. says:

    I hate handing out a title like “Best of 2014” so early in the year I hate handing it out in general because now it seems like any of the other books I’ve written about from January to this point are explicitly not the best but there is

  8. says:

    From a Brazilian novelist a profound novella about all the traumatic memories we aim to forget In a digressive diary addressed to his unborn child the narrator chronicles his regret over his alcoholism and his part in injuring a classmate at age 13 but also curates the written memoirs of his father and grandfather His father is desperate to d

  9. says:

    This is a short novel comprising mostly of brief numbered paragraphs made up of long sentences which sometimes encompass an entire paragraph You feel like you want to hold your breath before each section and then take a few moments t

  10. says:

    Read a in depth analysis on my literature blogWhen all is said and done Michel Laub’s Diary of the Fall is an example of what a lost opportunity looks likeAll the ingredients are there a dark horrific past; a rags to ric

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