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The Book of Dirt

Bram Presser


9781925240269

Text Publishing Company


Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945);
Advocate - Australian Fiction


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300 pages

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They chose not to speak and now they are gone… What's left to fill the silence is no longer theirs. This is my story, woven from the threads of rumour and legend.



Jakub Rand flees his village for Prague, only to find himself trapped by the Nazi occupation. Deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, he is forced to sort through Jewish books for a so-called Museum of the Extinct Race. Hidden among the rare texts is a tattered prayer book, hollow inside, containing a small pile of dirt.



Back in the city, Františka Roubíčková picks over the embers of her failed marriage, despairing of her conversion to Judaism. When the Nazis summon her two eldest daughters for transport, she must sacrifice everything to save the girls from certain death.Decades later, Bram Presser embarks on a quest to find the truth behind the stories his family built around these remarkable survivors.



The Book of Dirt is a completely original novel about love, family secrets, and Jewish myths. And it is a heart-warming story about a grandson's devotion to the power of storytelling and his family's legacy.

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By:   Bram Presser
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   419g
ISBN:   9781925240269
ISBN 10:   1925240266
Pages:   300
Publication Date:   September 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Melbourne Bram Presser is a much-loved Melbourne personality, known for his involvement in the local music scene and Jewish community. He is a criminal lawyer and community activist. His stories have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Award Winning Australian Writing, The Sleepers Almanac and Higher Arc.


`It is difficult to convey the breadth and nuance of this extraordinary work. It is a book about how history is made-and about who is allowed the privilege to remake it. There are echoes here of Sebald's biting honesty and Chabon's long and rewarding vignettes. An absolute pleasure to read.' * Readings * `It's hard not to be captured from the opening epigraph...[A] magnificent ode to all that is lost.' * Longin to Be * `A remarkable tale of Holocaust survival, love and genealogical sleuthing...A beautiful tale that will stay with the reader long after the book's end.' * Books + Publishing * `The Book of Dirt is a grandson's tender act of devotion, the product of a quest to rescue family voices from the silence, to bear witness, drawing on legend, journey and history, and shaped by extraordinary storytelling.' -- Arnold Zable `Meet Bram Presser, aged five, smoking a cigarette with his grandmother in Prague. Meet Jakub Rand, one of the Jews chosen to assemble the Nazi's Museum of the Extinct Race. Such details, like lightning flashes, illuminate this audacious work about the author's search for the grandfather he loved but hardly knew. Working in the wake of writers like Modiano and Safran Foer, Presser brilliantly shows how fresh facts can derail old truths, how fiction can amplify memory. A smart and tender meditation on who we become when we attempt to survive survival.' -- Mireille Juchau `An immense work of love and anger, a book Bram Presser was born to write.' -- Joan London `In The Book of Dirt the fractured lines of memory create a gripping story of survival and love.' -- Leah Kaminsky `An impressive and captivating story of remembrance, a journey into the past for the sake of deciphering our present.' * Dasa Drndic * `A beautiful literary mind.' * A.S. Patric *

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