A unique mix of prose and poetry, of the joy of life and the agony of loss, in Mother Departs Różewicz creates a rich and complex portrait of his mother Stefania and of her indelible influence on her extraordinary family. Weaving together fragments from diaries, stories and notebooks – including moving texts written by his two brothers and Stefania herself – Różewicz creatA unique mix of prose and poetry, of the joy of life and the agony of loss, in Mother Departs Różewicz creates a rich and complex portrait of his mother Stefania and of her indelible influence on her extraordinary family. Weaving together fragments from diaries, stories and notebooks – including moving texts written by his two brothers and Stefania herself – Różewicz creates a portrait of their lives and relationships which is sometimes brutal, often hilarious, and always tender.Here is an artist attempting to give form, even meaning, to life – and death.‘One of the great European poets of the twentieth century’ Seamus Heaney...
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Mother Departs Reviews
An old poet at the end of his long life remembers his mother. This is the premise of this bookBut the execution is interesting. He does not narrate it completely. He has collected the pages from the diaries of his mother and brothers and tells the story through their voices. In between he fills the gaps using his own poems, diary jottings and paragraphs from his own stories. An interesting amalgamation of many voices. The end result is a lovely literary product.I say it is a lovely literary product for it speaks of universal themes without stating them directly. Two examples:1. Reading through the pages I was reminded of my own childhood and my own mother. The mother's love experienced in unassumingly simple gestures as a small boy, remain in mind even fresh. This I realised as I was reading. May be as a small boy, we never thought of them as something very special. But as time passes by, we realise their importance. 2. Also there are pages and poems where the love of the father is the main theme. A father's love is usually hard to spot for a son. The poet for the first time realises it on the 77th birthday of his father and through a single phrase casually said by his dad. It is so well captured in a poem that I found myself reading it many number of times.The main focus, however, was the mother - Poet's love for his mother and regret for the moments he lost being a good obedient son. The ending of the book is:"Whatever was dearest and most beautiful in our home, was Mum." Who wouldn't agree with that?
This is a memoir of sorts. Różewicz includes his own poems and diary entries, but also reflections from his mother about the village she grew up in, an essay by his brother, Janusz (who was a poet himself, and murdered by the Nazis) and also an essay by his other brother, Stanisław. It is a tribute to Różewicz's mother, but he discusses so much more of his and his brothers' upbringing and society. The diary entries when he is providing hospice for his mother are heartbreaking. He appears so helpless and distracted. The section of poems is actually the least memorable part of this volume. It is worth reading for the prose pieces by the mother, the brothers, and Różewicz himself.
Great literature, full of nostalgia for youth, passing world, filled with longing for mother, brothers, father, and nature that once was an inseparable companion of life. I highly recommend.
Echoing the best of Mourning Diary and My Mother's House & Sido, what I most liked about this book was the idea of adding myriad voices and forms to a memoir. For more on how the various pieces enriched each other and my personal relationship with the subject matter, read my review.
Definitely worth the translation! A fantastic novel with amazing poetry.Darcee KrausMckinleyville, CAhttp://www.etsy.com/shop/BlassGlass