- Title: Return to Manure
- Author: Raymond Federman
- ISBN: 9781573661331
- Page: 466
- Format: Paperback
In 1942, after hiding to escape the Nazis, our narrator named, simply, Federman finds his way to Vichy France Unwanted by his relatives, he is forced to spend the remainder of the war as an unpaid laborer For three wordless years on the farm, this thirteen year old is assailed by suffering, death, sex, and the back breaking labor of shoveling manure Sixty years later,In 1942, after hiding to escape the Nazis, our narrator named, simply, Federman finds his way to Vichy France Unwanted by his relatives, he is forced to spend the remainder of the war as an unpaid laborer For three wordless years on the farm, this thirteen year old is assailed by suffering, death, sex, and the back breaking labor of shoveling manure Sixty years later, in the United States, Federman the author the narrator both wrestles with nostalgia and bitterness He finally returns to the farm with his wife, but once the journey is complete he no longer knows why he has made it, nor what he expected to find Through the merger of fact and fiction, storytelling and reality, memoir and imagination, Return to Manure extends and enhances Raymond Federman s brilliant ability to side step narration s limits and impossibilities.
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That Federman’s books are BURIED is not so much a loss for readers of innovative fiction, although it is that, but rather much more it is a loss for those interested in the literature of the Holocaust and its survivors. “After Auschwitz no poetry can be written,” is the frequently cited dictum of Adorno.* Federman’s novels answer this aporia by not going at the thing directly, but by writing, rewriting, not arriving.Federman himself did not see the camps. He survived when his mother plac [...]
~”You see how I always confuse reality with fiction.-You don’t confuse it. You just turn reality into fiction.-Same thing. Anyway, I was saying…”Return to Manure is Federman in his 70’s searching out the farm in the south of France where he spent three miserable years, from ages 13-16, as what amounts to a slave laborer, after escaping occupied Paris when his family was taken off to be murdered in Auschwitz, he only surviving by hiding in a closet for 24 hours, sneaking on a train to t [...]
Almost all Federman is out of print or import-price in my country, except this novel(?) about his imaginative and real-life return to the French farm he worked on as a slave during WWII under the tyrannical hand of Lauzy. Over 190 pages, Federman (as narrator) details life shovelling manure and taking frequent beatings from his perverted boss, and rare moments of respite from the buxom farmer’s daughter (who may be an invention—like anything else in this novel[?]), while travelling with his [...]
This is how it begins: "We did wonder Federman since you’re driving to Cannes if you would stop by the farm on the way. Yes, of course we are driving. We love the narrow French roads bordered by sweeping arches of tall ancient trees. And yes, we are going to try to find the farm where I slaved when I was a kid during the war. We love the French cows in the meadows who look at the tourists with dumb eyes while masticating their cuds. They look like they’ve been painted there just for our plea [...]
Not much to say about this book other than I liked it, it was rather easy to read, I do like road trips, and I know you can't go home again.
Set during the events of WWII, the narrator of this novel describes the harsh reality of his early life hiding from the Holocaust, and then provides a contrast - the nostalgia of the narrator sixty years later, and how he both longs for and very much hates his past. Return to Manure is a well-written and at times complex book about the way the past has a way of coming back to haunt us, how nostalgia bends our memory to think that the past is always better, and how in many ways the past really is [...]
Well, let me see. This is both autobiography and fiction at the same time. (Its author at one point says, "I make no distinction between memory and imagination.") And that's not the only thing étrange about ce livre ci. Raymond Federman keeps switching between Anglais et French, quelquefois in the middle of a sentence, si non a paragraph.Yet there is something likeable about Return to Manure, which purports to be a rambling tale about the author's stay at a farm in Vichy France after he somehow [...]
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