The absent moon

£9.99

When Luiz Schwarcz was a child, he was told little about his grandfather and namesake Láios – ‘Luiz’ in Hungarian. Only later would Luiz learn that Láios had defied his country’s Nazi occupiers and ordered his son to leap from the train on the way to a German death camp, while Láios himself was carried on to his death. Young Luiz assumed responsibility for his parents’ happiness, as many children of trauma do, and for a time he seemed to be succeeding. But then, at a high point of outward success, Luiz was brought low by a devastating mental breakdown. This astonishing memoir interrogates a personal story of mental health through a family history of murder, dispossession, silence, and the long echo of the Holocaust across generations.

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‘A beautiful work that is in turn haunting, touching and redemptive’ SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE‘A profoundly emotional book, and a brave one’ THE NEW YORKER‘Generous in spirit, devoid of self-pity, and an authentic literary achievement’ ANDREW SOLOMONWhen Luiz Schwarcz was a child, he knew very little about his grandfather Láios, a Hungarian Jew. Only later would he learn that Láios had ordered his son, Luiz’s father, to leap from a train taking them to a Nazi death camp, while Láios himself was carried on to his death. What Luiz did know was that his father’s melancholia haunted the house he grew up in.Compassionate and tender, The Absent Moon interrogates a personal story of inherited trauma through a family history of murder, silence and the long echo of the Holocaust across generations.‘Brave, honest, devastating, and hopeful … Schwarcz is a masterful storyteller’ ARIANA NEUMANN‘A lyrical and intimate portrait of the author’s lifelong, harrowing battle with depression’ ABRAHAM VERGHESE

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Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 cm
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