I just finished reading Fugitive Pieces. Exceptional in every way.
It is a prolific novel written by Anne Michaels a Canadian author. It is her first book. The story centers around Jakob Beer, a small boy who escaped the Nazis in WWII by burying himself in the mud. He eventually finds safety when he is taken in by Athos, a greek renaissance man, (poet, philosopher, geologist, etc) who raises him. The story chronicles over fifty years and is probably the most beautiful book I have ever read. The author has interwoven plot, poetry, history, and imagery in a way I’ve never experienced before.
It’s not an easy book to read, with allusions to countless disciplines. This, however, adds to the magesty rather than taking from it.
My only complaint is that Michaels kept going too long. There is a break in the book, where the narrator changes, the voice changes and I didn’t like it as much. I’d have rather stopped reading and just had the first part.