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Psalm 44

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Written when he was only twenty-five, before embarking on the masterpieces that would make him an integral figure in twentieth-century letters, Psalm 44 shows Ki at his most lyrical and unguarded, demonstrating that even in the place of dragons . . . covered with the shadow of death, there can still be poetry. Featuring characters based on actual inmates and warders includ ...more
ebook, 128 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Dalkey Archive Press (first published 1962)
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Apr 18, 2013 Mariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the child and the cicerone
Recommended to Mariel by: as if in front of a curtain on a stage
Thou hast made us like sheep for slaughter,
and hast scattered us among the nations.
Thou has sold thy people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them...
Thou hast made us byword among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face.

- Psalm 44

Separating her from nature, dividing by blood. Marjita didn't know she was Jewish until she heard the rumblings of jeering laughter from far away. Thunder before or after the lightning ha
Feb 18, 2014 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The little creature kept crying in the intense blackness of the night, and his voice rose, twisting like a vine, like a stalk of some miraculous green plant glimpsed among the cavities of skulls, amid the ashes of a fireplace, from out of the entrails of a corpse; and from far away replied the cannon, proclaiming the terrible love between nations.

The creature is a child. The place Auschwitz. Psalm 44 is a lyrical hiss: what are you going to do with your gift of life? The wage was paid for my ass
Benjamin Shehu
Nov 28, 2015 Benjamin Shehu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very emotional read. We have before us, an author that stands as the highest example of Yugoslav era Serbo-Croatian literature. This book of his takes us back to World War 2, and makes us visit the harsh reality that Jews faced in Europe at the hands of the Nazis.

Marija, the main character, and Jakob, her "husband", are the characters through which the story moves, even though it is narrated from the point of view of Marija; Her child with Jakob, Jan, provides a very interesting dynami
Sorin Hadârcă
When waiting for Godot is over and he finally reveals himself, years after he manifested amongst suffering and slaughter of the holocaust.
Mark Sacha
It's bizarre to think that Kis wrote this at the same time as The Attic - a vacuous satire on the Künstlerroman - but he did. There's still an unwieldy postmodernism to it that can probably be chalked up to the overearnest efforts of a young writer, but there's so much more substance in Psalm 44 that it almost seems as if someone else wrote it. It's not just that it's a Holocaust novel, and by nature sort of dour - it's genuinely a touching piece of fiction. There are things that happen here tha ...more
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Jun 02, 2014 Kobe Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really intense
Jul 17, 2016 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Read my review on New York Journal of Books. Read that review first. Additional remarks that appeared in a different and now defunct publication are now posted on my Wordpress blog.
Juan Carlos
Aug 02, 2015 Juan Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lo primero que hice nada más finalizar la impactante lectura de este breve relato fue buscar el Salmo 44 que da título a la novela. El tal salmo, junto a otros 149, forma parte del Libro de Salmos del Antiguo Testamento perteneciente a los Libros Sapienciales. Consta de 27 versículos en los que el pueblo de Israel, tras mostrar su amor y servicio constante a Dios, se lamenta de que éste no los socorra ahora que lo necesitan especialmente: “Nos entregaste como ovejas al matadero/ y nos dispersast ...more
May 23, 2014 Sal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was something of a slow read as it took me a bit to get into it. Short in length. Kiš is very much a post-modern writer. Utilizing incredibly long, multi-clause sentences in a (quite successful) attempt to convey the atrocity of the Holocaust and the struggle to come to terms with it, Kiš's approach can make for passages that may need to be read multiple times.

Written while in his early to mid-20s, it makes sense that the book isn't perfect. Kiš himself would comment that the book coul
Christina Hunt
I thought Psalm 44 was written with beautiful prose (some of which may have been lost in the translation). Writing about the horrid experiences at Auschwitz is never an easy undertaking, but the author graciously broke up the main story line to provide the reader with a better understanding of the characters through flashbacks. The plot was at times difficult to follow as a result of the flashbacks, and the ending wrapped up a bit too neatly, but overall a decent read.
Colleen Lahey
Mar 19, 2015 Colleen Lahey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very difficult to follow. The book is written in stream of consciousness which is not my thing. I prefer strong sentence structure.
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Jan 21, 2015 Cristóbal Cuenca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una notable lectura para empezar con buen pie el año lector. Hay que aplaudir la intención de la editorial El Acantilado por publicar la obra completa del tan tempranamente desaparecido escritor ¿yugoeslavo?...
Apr 30, 2014 d. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Peter Edelman
For those interested in 20th Century Europe, Kis is not to be missed.
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Danilo Kiš was born in Subotica, Danube Banovina, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the son of Eduard Kiš (Kis Ede), a Hungarian Jewish railway inspector, and Milica Kiš (born Dragićević) from Cetinje, Montenegro. During the Second World War, he lost his father and several other family members, who died in various Nazi camps. His mother took him and his older sister Danica to Hungary for the duration of the ...more
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