The Book of Blam

by Aleksandar Tisma | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1590179218 Global Overview for this book
Registered by MrSamsa of Tucson, Arizona USA on 10/31/2020
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Literature has tried to explain human suffering since the story of Job. In this novel, Tisma quite effectively captures the unanswerable questions of why this and why me as he recreates what happened to his native Yugoslavian city when the Holocaust came to town in 1942. Seen through the mind of Miroslav Blam as he reflects on events about 10 years later, Novi Sad is a despairing place, a conclusion one reaches partly because of Blam's passive nature and partly from his daydreams--never acted upon--about tracking down the betrayer of his family, wiped out with a thousand other Jews and Serbs. "And I alone have escaped to tell thee," said Job's messenger, but Blam hesitates to tell anyone about his paralyzed state of mind, least of all his uncaring wife. Tisma uses language wonderfully: he is tactile in his description of Novi Sad, grows dramatic in telling its tragedy, and turns evocative to convey the psychological fog Blam exists in. A skillful work that lodges in memory.
-Gilbert Taylor

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