Named a New York Times Notable Book Winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize Winner of the Anne Frank Prize These shattering stories. A Scrap of Time and Other Stories has ratings and 28 reviews. Paul said: These bitter glimpses of the Holocaust in Poland ring like small folorn bell. A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (Jewish Lives) [Ida Fink, Francine Prose, Madeline G. Levine] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Named.

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Sometimes the story is grotesque, sometimes it is beautiful, and often it is both. Or he was an MP and patrolled streets in some little European town or city. Open Preview See a Problem? Articles containing Polish-language text Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles needing additional references from December All articles needing additional references. This is the last story and the author is maybe trying to lay out the problematics of memory, of reconstructing the facts of the Holocaust after so many years and the problem of accuracy.

The story of a young man, who when ordered to bring his elderly teacher to the town center, has to lie to entice her there. One instantly dwelves in the brevity of these moments, never feeling lost. This book is stunning. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. There are tales of good people risking their lives to hide others.

It consists of short stories about events which the author experienced, or which which were related to her by others. December 20, at 1: Sep 12, Ana’ rated it it was amazing.

The stories themselves are often just scraps, two or three pages in which we enter in the middle of something but just for a short time. Be the first scdap discover new talent! The Black Beast December 23, at 9: As the other girls worry and fret, one girl sprawls in the grass reading a book and paying no attention to anyone else. Mar 26, Paul Bryant rated it really liked it Shelves: A colleague at work loaned me this book and I can’t believe I have never heard of Fink before.


A Scrap of Time

Books by Ida Fink. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. But I will stop here and suggest that this is a book that should be read.

In the introduction, she explains how her and others’ sense of time was altered from our typical time sense of hours, days, weeks, months to experiencing time in terms of Nazi “aktions” – “before the first “aktion”, “after the second aktion” etc. The husband carries the child who grows heavier and heavier as they walk. Lost in sleep the husband thinks that the buzzing is a fly but it turns out to be tink Nazi trucks rolling into the town.

The powerful stories are set during the Nazi era and in each story, the protaganist is always a Jew trying to survive that brutality or sometimes with great pathos, sometimes with cowardice, sometimes with delusion – always with fear and sadness.

Richard, when you read it, I know ids will love it. The mother calls out “Ding dong! I think we must read things like this, no matter how difficult or upsetting.

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A scrap of time and other yime Ida Fink Snippet view – I must have blocked the stories out of my mind. This is a very fine thought-provoking collection of stories.

Twenty-three scraps of time, and lives-containing-death, taking place at the beginning and in the aftermath of the Holocaust in Poland. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

The author is so efficient with her words, that many of these stories can be considered small masterpieces, like tiny Netherlandish devotional paintings. My insights on some stories: Jun 23, Ana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Views Read Edit View history. That’s all she has to do. Trivia About A Scrap of Time a Fink writes in Polish, primarily on Holocaust themes.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ida Fink is a real master and if you want to tickle your nerves with something true and horrifying better read her then Stephen King. How their lives came to revolve not around agricultural This is a fabulous book about life in Poland under Nazi occupation and terror.

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But when she saw the name of the title in Polish, she said the name hadn’t been changed at all — in Polish, that’s exactly what it means — A Scrap of Time. Phew, very heavy and heart wrenching! I want to just start from the beginning and read it again.

Maybe later on this year.

You will see why. Very jda we find ourselves amidst second or third actions — round-ups. I highly recommend it. Told in simple language that belies the harsh reality.

A Scrap of Time and Other Stories

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It is so well described that one becomes one more spectator in the story. Selected pages Title Page. Image donated by Northwestern University Press [1] Themes and motifs [ edit ].