Nobody's Son

Nobody's Son

A Memoir

Book - 2016
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Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka's parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war. Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into.

From World War I to the present, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial--admitting into evidence memories, dreams, stories, the lies we inherit, and the lies we tell--in an attempt to reach his mother, the enigmatic figure at the center of the labyrinth. Her story, the revelation of her life-long burden and the forty-year love affair that might have saved her, shows the way out of the maze.

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393292305
Branch Call Number: 813.54 SLOUK
Characteristics: 274 pages : illustrations


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Dec 09, 2016

Heart wrenching memoir. It travels in time, slowly revealing the portrait of Slouka's mother and the author's soul. I expected an immigrant story, but it was much more, a story of a family, wrapped in secrets, mysteries, and tragedies. Amazingly honest.

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