Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
Before starting Anne Michaels’ first novel Fugitive Pieces I’d prepared for an interview with Louis De Bernières by rereading his novel Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and then his new book, Imagining Alexandria: poems in memory of Konstantinos Kavafis. The latter is a book of poems that, in true homage to the Greek poet Kavafis, read like prose. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin is a novel that climaxes with the Nazi massacre of Italian soldiers on the Greek island of Cephallonia. A few pages into Fugitive Pieces, I realised I was holding something that fuses both: a poetic novel about a boy haunted by Nazi horrors.
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