Original title: Diário da queda (2011)
Author: Michel Laub
Translator: Margaret Jull Costa
Shortlisted for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
‘I often dreamed about the moment of the fall, a silence that lasted a second, possibly two, a room full of sixty people and no one making a sound, as if everyone were waiting for my classmate to cry out … but he lay on the ground with his eyes closed’
A schoolboy prank goes horribly wrong, and a thirteen-year-old boy is left injured. Years later, one of the classmates relives the episode as he tries to come to terms with his demons.
Diary of the Fall is the story of three generations: a man examining the mistakes of his past, and his struggle for forgiveness; a father with Alzheimer’s, for whom recording every memory has become an obsession; and a grandfather who survived Auschwitz, filling notebook after notebook with the false memories of someone desperate to forget.
Michel Laub’s novel asks the most basic – and yet most complex – questions about history and identity, exploring what stories we choose to tell about ourselves and how we become the people we are. (Source: publisher)
Hardcover: 192 pages Publisher: Harvill Secker (3 April 2014) Translator: Margaret Jull Costa ISBN-10: 1846557321 ISBN-13: 978-1846557323 Click here to buy this book
Hardcover: 225 pages Publisher: Other Press (NY); Reprint edition (26 Aug. 2014) Translator: Margaret Jull Costa ISBN-10: 1590516516 ISBN-13: 978-1590516515 Click here to buy this book
Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Vintage (16 April 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 0099581795 ISBN-13: 978-0099581796 Click here to buy this book