violent but truthful
it's not an autobiography, but it feels like a compressed, symbolic memoir of "the other" of europe; whether jewish, gypsy, or simply the outsider, it is a great story of the journey of one child through eastern europe during WWII. be warned, it is violent and gruesome at parts, but none is gratuitous. we discover by the end that we are more desensitized to violence on a daily basis than we ever realized. an incredible author. never a dull moment. horrific picaresque. in some ways, a must read for anyone interested in literature.