Fugitive Pieces Book Summary and Study Guide

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In Poland during the Second World War, scientist Athos Roussos is digging in soil, doing research amid the fighting. When he looks up from his work, he sees a thin boy covered in mud. The boy is Jakob Beer, a young boy who has spent days hiding in the forest mud after witnessing the traumatic death of his family. Athos smuggles the boy into Greece, where the two survive the war. Jakob remains traumatized by his early memories, and especially by the fate of his sister. Athos and Jakob eventually move to Canada after the war, where Jakob becomes a recognized poet and translator. In Canada, he meets Ben, a professor whose parents were concentration camp survivors. Both men struggle to understand the past and the war. Ben becomes obsessed with uncovering what he can about Jakob's life, unexpectedly learning about himself in the process.
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The review of this Book prepared by A. Antonow

An orphaned child is rescued in Poland by a Greek scholar during Nazi occupation, and spiritually adopted. The child will grow up to become a poet.
A very lyrical and delicate book about human feelings and love.
The review of this Book prepared by Prof. Gianluca R. MATTIOLI

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book War/Revolt/Disaster on civilians    -   Yes Conflict:    -   War, WW II

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scholar    -   writer Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European Unusual characteristics:    -   Genius


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Greece    -   Eastern Europe    -   Poland The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Canada Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Island?    -   Yes Island:    -   food/shelter preoccupation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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