Ben recalls how, during a flood in Toronto, the splinter cell double agent crack authorities hammer on the front door to warn his family to leave, but his parents hide, unable to escape their memories of such a summons years earlier.
The water rose around us, bullets tearing the surface for those who took too long to drown.The talk starts at 7pm on the Dream Stage and entry.In 1954 the family home in Weston, Ontario is destroyed by Hurricane Hazel.He begins reading, and the very first sentence - "Time is a blind guide" - is also the first sentence of this novel.Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1997: 753-754.The second part of the book is told from the perspective of Ben, a Canadian professor of Jewish descent who was born in Canada to survivors of the Holocaust.The novel is written in a poetic style with persistent layers of metaphor, often called forth via Athos Roussos.Later, shards of knowledge about the history that has destroyed his family enter his narration.It is directed.Jakob learns Greek and English, but finds that learning new languages erases his memory of the past.John Mullan is professor of English at University College London.
Athos secretly takes him to Zakynthos in Greece.
Taken in 1941, before they were forced into the ghetto, it reveals a secret they kept from him.
The story is clear enough, but the telling of the story - the narration - is not.The novel explores themes of trauma, grief, loss, and memory, as well as discovery both personal and scientific.Both the novel's narrators rummage in the past.Without him, these particular "fugitive pieces" would have remained unread.Ben is a young academic, living in Toronto, whose parents are Holocaust survivors.Jakob meets and marries Michaela, a much younger woman but one who seems to understand him, and with Michaela's help he is able to let go of Bella.