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Wandering Star (Lannan Translation Selection)

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This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style telling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it.--The Telegraph From the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, Wandering Star is the story of two young women, one uprooted by the Holocaust and the other by the founding of the state of Israel. Bearing witness to the boundless strength of the spirit, and based on his own experience as a child in World War II, J.M.G. Le Clezio chronicles the saga of a young girl, Esther, who, in a small mountain village north of Nice occupied by Italian forces, learns what it means to be Jewish in wartime Europe. A quiet young teenager, she suffers the loss of her beloved father and, with her mother, is forced to flee advancing German troops.

At war's end, Esther and her mother make an arduous journey to Jerusalem, where their path crosses with a group of displaced refugees, including Nejma, a Palestinian girl whose story of life in the camps balances Esther's own tale of suffering and survival. Esther and Nejma never meet again, but in their respective exiles, they are forever haunted by the memory of one another. Wandering Star is a powerful coming-of-age story and, as Le Figaro notes, truly a luminous lesson in humanity.

J.M.G. Le Clezio is a distinguished French author with over thirty novels, essays, and story collections to his credit. He is the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

What makes Wandering Star such a remarkable novel is Le Clezio's overwhelming empathy, the lack of authorial judging or politicizing in a story that could so easily have been sentimentalized or radicalized...No one who reads this novel can doubt Le Clezio's] stature and importance as a writer.--Times Literary Supplement Le Clezio's] work reflects a seemingly insatiable restlessness and sense of wonder about other places and other cultures.--New York Times

If a Romare Bearden painting, a Pablo Neruda poem, and a Billie Holiday blues were by means of an arcane alchemy combined to form some rare and breathtaking thing, it might be called Wandering Star...Experimental, beautiful, terrifying, sad, numbing, revealing, curious... this] is a story whose end all must strive to tell.--Political AffairsOne couldn't ask for a more timely or important book.--Lisa Gozashti, Brookline Booksmith, in The Boston Globe...A moving account...one of the most powerful qualities of the novel is the sense Le Clezio creates of the human connection to place and the anguish of exile and dispossession.--The Observer...compelling, mesmerizing, masterful and brilliant...I highly recommend Wandering Star to everyone.--Jew WishesThose unfamiliar with Mr. Le Clezio and his work should know that he is considered that rare beast by the French: an artist and a best-selling author.--Dallas Morning NewsLe Clezio is a bewitching story-teller with a penchant for tales of survival that are at once acutely realistic and mythically romantic... he] writes with high compassion and deep wonder of the boundless strength of the spirit.--BooklistIf Le Clezio had written solely of the Palestinian or Jewish refugees, this would be an affecting novel. By taking no sides, by showing the agony of all--he has produced a near masterpiece.--RALPH MagazineWandering Star is unquestionably a work of power and beauty.--Blogcritics MagazineLe Clezio is a subtle writer, a gentle reporter on one of the most underreported seismic events of the 20th Century--the immense number of refugees that have been and are crowding camps in all parts of the world: people without a state, without a home, without a hope living in treeless, waterless, makeshift camps with the most minimal resources, often in near-starvation... How many doors do we have to pass through? one heroine of Wandering Star wonders, midway through her journey from wartorn Europe to her new home in Israel. Pages later, the other heroine], marooned in a Palestinian refugee camp, realizes that her people have been left at the end of the world and that no one cares. Le Clezio has fashioned an intimate, searching novel about the price of war and exile.--Stewart O'Nan An] exquisitely written story...I was struck by the beauty in the midst of the searing pain.--Penny Rosenwasser, author of Voices from a Promised LandWandering Star is a luminous lesson in humanity amid the ruins of civilization and intelligence.--Le FigaroThis is a story about people and what happens to them in war and exile: human misery and happy moments; the potential for peace and the effects of war; the forces of nature both beneficial and disastrous. This is a marvelous piece of literature.--Jewish Book WorldBeautifully written and seamlessly translated by C. Dickson, Wandering Star is both a coming-of-age story and a powerful tale of survival. For readers hoping to better understand the world we live in, this book also helps shed light on current events in the Middle East.--MoorishGirlLe Clezio...seeks the signs of human misery and of potential peace at the very heart of life, in a confrontation with time and the elements; with the sun and the earth, with birth and death, with the mystery of origins and the enigma of the future, with the necessity of both remembering and forgetting, without which nothing can be healed.--Le MondeThis novel brilliantly depicts the universality of human suffering, but it also affirms the existence of kindness and understanding...Le Clezio rises above politics and religious and cultural differences to express the girls? humanity in the struggles they both face.--MultiCultural ReviewFrom page one, I knew I was in capable hands. J.M.G. Le Clezio's novel of a young Jewish girl coming of age in wartime France is compelling.--Baltimore Jewish TimesLe Clezio goes beyond politics, cultural differences, and historical moments to cast light on the universal feelings in experiences of suffering and the struggl

Synopsis:

 

“This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style telling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it.”—The Telegraph

From the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, Wandering Star is the story of two young women, one uprooted by the Holocaust and the other by the founding of the state of Israel.  Bearing witness to the boundless strength of the spirit, and based on his own experience as a child in World War II, J.M.G. Le Clézio chronicles the saga of a young girl, Esther, who, in a small mountain village north of Nice occupied by Italian forces, learns what it means to be Jewish in wartime Europe. A quiet young teenager, she suffers the loss of her beloved father and, with her mother, is forced to flee advancing German troops.

At wars end, Esther and her mother make an arduous journey to Jerusalem, where their path crosses with a group of displaced refugees, including Nejma, a Palestinian girl whose story of life in the camps balances Esthers own tale of suffering and survival. Esther and Nejma never meet again, but in their respective exiles, they are forever haunted by the memory of one another. Wandering Star is a powerful coming-of-age story and, as Le Figaro notes, truly “a luminous lesson in humanity.”

About the Author

J.M.G. Le Clézio is a distinguished French author with over thirty novels, essays, and story collections to his credit. He is the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931896566
Author:
Le Clezio, J M G
Publisher:
Curbstone Press
Translator:
Dickson, C.
Foreword:
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Subject:
General
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Historical fiction
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Psychological fiction
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Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Lannan Translation Selection
Publication Date:
20090931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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“This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style telling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it.”—The Telegraph

From the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, Wandering Star is the story of two young women, one uprooted by the Holocaust and the other by the founding of the state of Israel.  Bearing witness to the boundless strength of the spirit, and based on his own experience as a child in World War II, J.M.G. Le Clézio chronicles the saga of a young girl, Esther, who, in a small mountain village north of Nice occupied by Italian forces, learns what it means to be Jewish in wartime Europe. A quiet young teenager, she suffers the loss of her beloved father and, with her mother, is forced to flee advancing German troops.

At wars end, Esther and her mother make an arduous journey to Jerusalem, where their path crosses with a group of displaced refugees, including Nejma, a Palestinian girl whose story of life in the camps balances Esthers own tale of suffering and survival. Esther and Nejma never meet again, but in their respective exiles, they are forever haunted by the memory of one another. Wandering Star is a powerful coming-of-age story and, as Le Figaro notes, truly “a luminous lesson in humanity.”

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