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Anne Michaels - Author

About the Author

Anne Michaels is the international award-winning author of Fugitive Pieces, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Guardian Fiction Prize. It was also made into a feature film. She is also the author of The Winter Vault and several books of poetry. Her work has appeared in translation around the world. The Adventures of Miss Petitfour is her first book for children.

Born in 1958, Anne Michaels lives in Toronto.

Author photo © David Laurence

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Infinite Gradation

Infinite Gradation

Author: Anne Michaels Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Infinite Gradation is an astonishing meditation on the mystery at the heart of our mortality. In lines as precise and profound as any Michaels has written, Infinite Gradation movingly explores the nature of responsibility in extremis and the forms it takes-it is about hope in art, what art makes of death, and bears witness to the love and lives of visual artists and writers who have made work at the limits of experience.Infinite Gradation finds its way to a most powerful solace. (Michaels embraces mortality through three great artists, recently dead, who were her confidants: the sculptor Eva Hesse, the painter Jack Chambers, and Claire Wilks, print maker and sculptor.)

Infinite Gradation

Infinite Gradation

Author: Anne Michaels Format: eBook Release Date: 22/05/2018

Infinite Gradation is an astonishing meditation on the mystery at the heart of our mortality. In lines as precise and profound as any Michaels has written, Infinite Gradation movingly explores the nature of responsibility in extremis and the forms it takes-it is about hope in art, what art makes of death, and bears witness to the love and lives of visual artists and writers who have made work at the limits of experience.Infinite Gradation finds its way to a most powerful solace. (Michaels embraces mortality through three great artists, recently dead, who were her confidants: the sculptor Eva Hesse, the painter Jack Chambers, and Claire Wilks, print maker and sculptor.)

Fluchtstucke

Fluchtstucke

Author: Anne Michaels Format: eBook Release Date: 02/11/2017

Anne Michaels ist Dichterin. Sie hat als solche zu veroffentlichen begonnen und fur ihre 1986 und 1991 erschienenen Gedichtbande "e;The Weight of Oranges"e; und "e;Miner's Pond"e; Auszeichnungen erhalten. Auch ihr erster Roman mit dem deutschen Titel "e;Fluchtstucke"e; enthalt Satze von atemberaubender lyrischer Dichte: Knappheit und Harte der Anfangsseiten ihres Romans uben beim Lesen einen Sog aus, dem man sich nicht entziehen kann: So grauenerregend die Geschichte einsetzt, man will weiterlesen, mehr uber das Schicksal des Protagonisten erfahren. Der siebenjahrige Jakob Beer wird Zeuge, wie im Zweiten Weltkrieg Deutsche seine Eltern, polnische Juden, erschlagen und seine altere Schwester verschleppen. Er flieht und versteckt sich auf dem Gelande einer archaologischen Grabungsstatte. Dort wird er nach Tagen von einem griechischen Forscher gefunden und gerettet. In der Obhut dieses Mannes verbringt er seine Kindheit und Jugend auf einer griechischen Insel, spater wandert er mit ihm nach Toronto aus. Jakob wird Autor, wird Dichter und versucht seine Erfahrungen auf diesem Wege zu verarbeiten. Die schrecklichen Bilder seiner Kindheit lassen ihn lange nicht los. Eine erste Ehe scheitert daran, und erst als reifer Mann findet er in der Beziehung zu einer jungen Frau zu einer Art innerer Ruhe.

All We Saw

All We Saw

Author: Anne Michaels Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2017

A mesmerising, luminously beautiful new poetry collection from Anne Michaels, internationally acclaimed poet and bestselling author of Fugitive Pieces In this passionate, profound collection, Anne Michaels explores one of her essential concerns: 'what love makes us capable of, and incapable of'. Here is the paradox at the heart of loss, the ways in which passion must accept, must insist, that 'death ... give/not only take from us'. A sea in darkness, a woman's hair shining in light, rain falling... how quiet must a voice be in order to be heard? In this way, desire is evoked with intensity and precision. By the end, we are left with a renewed awareness of the mystery at the core of existence; we enter a space that is 'not inside, not outside: / dusk's doorway,' where love remains alive.

Fugitive Pieces Bloomsbury Modern Classics

Fugitive Pieces Bloomsbury Modern Classics

Author: Anne Michaels Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/09/2017

A beautiful new limited edition paperback of Fugitive Pieces, published as part of the Bloomsbury Modern Classics list Athos and I stood together on deck and looked across the water at the bright city. From this distance no one would guess the turmoil that had torn apart Greece ... The sea began to darken, and Athens, glowing in the distance, seemed to float on the horizon like a bright ship. Jakob Beer is seven years old when he is rescued from the ruins of a buried village in Nazi-occupied Poland. He is the only one of his family to have survived the invasion. Adopted by his saviour, the Greek geologist Athos, Jakob must steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history. A novel of astounding beauty and wisdom, Fugitive Pieces is a profound meditation on the resilience of the human spirit and love's ability to restore even the most damaged of hearts.

Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

Author: Anne Michaels Format: eBook Release Date: 15/12/2013

In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry. With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption. As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.

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