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by Cynthia Ozick

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  • ISBN 0394547012
  • ISBN13 978-0394547015
  • Language English
  • Author Cynthia Ozick
  • Publisher Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (February 12, 1987)
  • Pages 144
  • Formats azw txt lrf docx
  • Category Fiction
  • Size ePub 1654 kb
  • Size Fb2 1111 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
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Lars Andemening, who grew up as an orphan, becomes obsessed with the idea that Bruno Schulz, the Polish writer, was his father, and tries to track down Schulz's great unpublished masterpiece

A spellbinding novel.

A spellbinding novel. The Messiah of Stockholm reaffirms Cynthia Ozick's position as one of the finest and most imaginative writers of our time. - St. Louis Post-Dispatch. weaves a tale that is richly, intensely imagined. He has a penchant for old European literature, particularly Czech, Polish and Serbo-Croatian authors. He lives in a spiritual world of existentialism and extremis of the human condition.

The Messiah of Stockholm is a worthy companion to Philip Roth's superb Prague Orgy. Harold Bloom, New York Times. Lars Andemening, is an orphan of WW II, who imagines his father to be the.

Cynthia Shoshana Ozick (born April 17, 1928) is an American short story writer, novelist, and essayist. Cynthia Ozick was born in New York City, the second of two children. She moved to the Bronx with her Russian-Jewish parents, Celia (Regelson) and. She moved to the Bronx with her Russian-Jewish parents, Celia (Regelson) and William Ozick, proprietors of the Park View Pharmacy in the Pelham Bay neighborhood. As a girl, Ozick helped to deliver prescriptions

The Messiah of Stockholm - Cynthia Ozick

From the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, who's been shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize, the Man Booker International Prize and the Orange Prize for Fiction comes the brilliant novel The Messiah of Stockholm. He is also the self-proclaimed son of Bruno Schulz, a Polish writer who was executed by the Nazis before his last novel, The Messiah, could be published. The Messiah of Stockholm - Cynthia Ozick.

He headed instead for the Morgontörn; it was the first time in months he had seen the place in light. It was business, it was the world, it was movement-they were putting out the paper. It was business, it was the world, it was movement-they were putting out the paper ke this, telephones and shouts and typewriters, until the secretaries left for home-an office boy flashing by with a long noodle of galleys, the stutter of someone’s typing clacking out of one of the cubicles; Nilsson yelling: something was missing, something was late.

The Messiah of Stockholm. Ozick's latest work of fiction brings together four long stories, including the novella-length "Dictation," that showcase this incomparable writer's sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart

The Messiah of Stockholm. Ozick's latest work of fiction brings together four long stories, including the novella-length "Dictation," that showcase this incomparable writer's sly humor and piercing insight into the human heart. Each starts in the comic mode, with heroes who suffer from willful self-deceit.

I have read many Cynthia Ozick books, and have found this one to be one of the most memorable, equally for its . Reading The Messiah of Stockholm was my very first encounter with any of Ozick's fiction (I had previously read some of her New Yorker essays)

I have read many Cynthia Ozick books, and have found this one to be one of the most memorable, equally for its compelling subject and for its somewhat confounding narrative. It is a slender book, more of a novella than a novel. Reading The Messiah of Stockholm was my very first encounter with any of Ozick's fiction (I had previously read some of her New Yorker essays). The novel truly is one of the most intense and beautifully-written pieces I have ever read. There were moments when I read passages aloud, wanting to memorize those passages.

The Messiah of Stockholm book. A small group of Jews weave a web of intrigue and fantasy. For the same reason, the only way to fill the vacuum left by the Holocaust is to fill it with God. A Paradox of the Author's Own Creation.

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Eseve
Ozick creates a wonderful piece of literature here. She writes a work of terrific narration, with extraordinary language as is her specialty, yet it has a very different feel to it than most of her work. It has a spiritual feel, where she does not give us the same level of clarity and conciseness of description. Instead, she rather allows events to unfold almost by chance. The style is reminiscent of that of Philip Roth and in fact, it was interesting to find on the dedication page the simple words, "To Philip Roth."

Ozick's protagonist, Lars, is a book reviewer for a Stockholm newspaper. He has a penchant for old European literature, particularly Czech, Polish and Serbo-Croatian authors. He lives in a spiritual world of existentialism and extremis of the human condition. Yet, the obsession if you will, is much more, because Lars, an orphan, has decided or convinced himself that he is the son of a famous and dead Polish author.

The plot and concepts swirl around the reader as Lars seeks to find a lost manuscript and any other information that he can about the author. Lars is a creature of the night. He does not like the hustle and bustle of the office during daytime hours. He is a completely private person, and keeps his secret very close to his vest, except for his disclosure to the proprietor of a small but esoteric book shop. With her, he tells all. And she is fully drawn into it. At least, that is what it clearly seems to Lars.

But Lars is too personally caught up in his own thing to really detect the deceit. Lars is blinded by a vision of what he believes is his own father's eye, which comes to him in dreams. So he continues to work with the lady at the bookstore to get all that he can about his `father.' Until, one day a person shows up, with the lost manuscript, claiming to be the daughter of the famous Polish author. At some point in that occurrence, Lars realizes, his confidence has been preyed on by others.

Lars' reviews do not carry a lot of stock with the public. The old and gone literature that he tries constantly to "resurrect" is of little interest to the Stockholm public. Yet Lars is fixated on all that is written around and about the time of his father's existence. In the end, Lars finds prominence and success, by giving up his obsession and writing well received reviews of current Swedish and American authors. All of a sudden he has his own cubicle. Then Lars gets a newspaper column on Tuesday as well as Monday. And finally, he has totally conformed to the daytime world of the wild "stewpot" that constitutes the daylight work world. But still, Lars is left with the questions of his past. These are never fully resolved.

The book is recommended to all lovers of great current literature. The writing is phenomenal. And the story is highly interesting and engaging.
Bad Sunny
It was interesting and a little surreal. Reminded me of the feverishness Dostoevsky but in a cramped modern setting.
Gaxaisvem
I have read many works of Cynthia Ozick and highly esteem her writing. This work which comes highly touted by both Michiko Kakutani and Harold Bloom in NY Times Reviews I just could not get into. The beginning idea of having the main character a refugee who believes his father is Bruno Schultz never really got me. The character himself Lars Andemining a mediocre book- reviewer twice- married twice divorced father of one small girl makes the obsession with Schultz the center of his life. Somehow the characters he meets including the book- store owner Mrs. Ekland and the woman who claims to be Schultz's daughter, and shows up with an alleged manuscript of Schultz's lost masterpiece " The Messiah" are not fleshed out in a strong way.

Many readers have spoken about the pleasure of reading of Ozick's complex language.

Again I just could not get into the work, feel, sympathize, identity in any way with the characters.

It may just be my fault that I was not such a good reader on this one.
Dddasuk
This is the story of Lars Andemening, a Stockholm reviewer of obscure literary works who believes he is the orphaned son of Bruno Schulz, a renowned Jewish writer murdered in Nazi-occupied Poland. Lars believes that his father's missing manuscript, The Messiah, is awaiting his discovery; he has built his solitary and eccentric life around all-things-Schulz with the help of an equally eccentric ally/opponent bookseller, Mrs. Eklund. When a young woman surfaces claiming to be the daughter of Schulz and the holder of The Messiah, Lars carefully constructed reality falls apart.
This is the first work of Cynthia Ozick's that I have ever read, so place my zeal within the context of the newly converted if you like. For true literary lovers -- for whom the point of reading is not to be swept by plot to some dubiously satisfying conclusion, but to be strummed, teased, taunted and caressed by words -- Cynthia Ozick is a blessing. She is a true wordsmith: as confident in her ability to raise even the lives of mice within office walls to a place of poetic beauty as she is to document the affect of violent social change on individuals and communities. Her characterization of Lars as captive in a history that may or may not be truly his painfully encapsulates the orphan-refugee experience. And her depiction of the literary world -- with its authors, publishers, reviewers, and sellers -- is both so charming and biting that you can't help but reexamine your role as a reader within it.
I recommend this work for readers who enjoy being swept along in beautiful prose and who seek out literature that begs to be read again and again and again.
Low_Skill_But_Happy_Deagle
I am a slow & easily bored reader yet I finished the book in 2.5 days. I couldn't put it down! Cynthia Ozick crafts a great story with the remains of enigmatic Polish Jewish writer/artist Bruno Schulz. She fulfilled my wishes, by adding modern substance to the life of this fragile, ephemeral visionary. Ms. Ozick creates a fictional path, using landmarks from Schulz's life. I was interested to see how the WW2's aftermath redounds upon Sweden (I naïvely say,"of all places.")
Our view of Bruno Schulz & so many other creative artists--our very patrimony--remains blocked by the ramifications of the Nazi Holocaust. This novel provides a glimpse of that as well as intrigue, Stockholm newspaper office politics, orphancy,deception & Ozick's eidetic extrapolation of Schulz's lost Messiah. I recommend it!