In 1942, after hiding to escape the Nazis, our narrator (named, simply, Federman) finds his way to Vichy France. Unwanted by his relatives, he is forced to spend the remainder of the war as an unpaid laborer. For three wordless years on the farm, this thirteen-year-old is assailed by suffering, death, sex, and the back-breaking labor of shoveling manure. Sixty years later, in the United States, Federman--the author? the narrator? both?--wrestles with nostalgia and bitterness. He finally returns to the farm with his wife, ...

Return to Manure 2006, F2c

ISBN-13: 9781573661331

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