follow link Sebald , who mined similar themes in books that were also literary hybrids. It pivots quickly from innocence to experience, and it is harrowing.
Martien spent much of the war in the trenches. Martien was shot on three occasions groin, leg, lower back and was returned twice to battle after recovering. Rats; bleeding gums; mountains of feces; diarrhea; hypothermia; untreatable infections; mustard gas; pitiless deaths of all varieties.
The details of trench warfare are again laid bare, but here with special vividness. There are moments of unholy beauty as well. Martien returned home a decorated hero. There is the account of Mr. His father was a poorly paid painter of frescoes in churches, who died young, partly of lead poisoning from mixing his paints. His mother went to work making clothes for a mental institution. There was never enough money or food. Add a comment. Switch to the mobile version of this page. The Chicago Reader. By Gonzalo Guzman.
This is one of Guzman's favorite pictures of his grandfather. As the subject of a school technical assignment, all Garcia had to do was show up while Guzman created a portrait using colored gels. Gonzalo Guzman. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Garcia and Carlos on the beach in Tampico, Mexico, Courtesy Jose Garcia.
Garcia in the Navy in Norfolk, Virginia, As a lower ranked sailor, Garcia would be hoisted over the side of the ship to clean off rust and debris. One day he decided to challenge his fellow shipman to see who could complete the task the fastest. Unbeknownst to them, the captain saw them as they rushed to see who would finish first.
Impressed by their tenacity, he offered them the chance to train in any department they wished. Garcia at the dining room table doing crossword puzzles. When Guzman pictures his grandfather at home, it's usually in this little nook in the dining room. It's where they shared meals as Guzman learned to cook and forced his grandfather into a vegan diet because Guzman was tired of eating meat.
Garcia worked on his crossword puzzles while Guzman edited pictures, despite both having desks upstairs. Garcia would tell his grandson about his life, after a few glasses of wine. This was the space they shared. Slideshow Portrait of my Grandfather 18 slides.
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