Nobody's Son: A Memoir

Nobody's Son: A Memoir

Mark Slouka / Sep 22, 2020
Nobody s Son A Memoir Born in Czechoslovakia Mark Slouka s parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war Smuggled out of their own country the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees mo
  • Title: Nobody's Son: A Memoir
  • Author: Mark Slouka
  • ISBN: 9780393354751
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka s parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into.From World War I to the present, Slouka piecesBorn in Czechoslovakia, Mark Slouka s parents survived the Nazis only to have to escape the Communist purges after the war Smuggled out of their own country, the newlyweds joined a tide of refugees moving from Innsbruck to Sydney to New York, dragging with them a history of blood and betrayal that their son would be born into.From World War I to the present, Slouka pieces together a remarkable story of refugees and war, displacement and denial admitting into evidence memories, dreams, stories, the lies we inherit, and the lies we tell in an attempt to reach his mother, the enigmatic figure at the center of the labyrinth Her story, the revelation of her life long burden and the forty year love affair that might have saved her, shows the way out of the maze.
    Nobody s Son Jul , Nobody s Son Short, Drama June USA Dillon has been moved again A familiar life of being passed from one household to the next, but this time it s much worse. Nobody s Son A Memoir by Mark Slouka, Paperback Barnes Oct , Nobody s Son is an intrepid memoir that explores the origins of pain passed down like genetic mutations and the responsibility a child feels to ameliorate it With the rich prose of a novel, it is a story about escapes Slouka s parents escaping from Communist brutality, his father escaping from the oppression of marriage, his mother escaping from the conflict within and the author, seeking refuge Nobody s Son A Memoir by Mark Slouka Oct , In a short essay for The New Yorker, also titled Nobody s Son, Mark Slouka attempted to grapple with the collapse of his memory This was not Alzheimer s or dementia or amnesia, or anything neurologically diagnosable. Nobody s Son All Alex ever wanted was a family of his own Nobody s Son All Alex ever wanted was a family of his own Paperback February , by Cathy Glass Author Visit s Cathy Glass Page Find all the books, read about the author, and . Nobody s Son A Memoir Slouka, Mark, Zingarelli, Tom Oct , Nobody s Son A Memoir Audio CD Unabridged, October , by Mark Slouka Author Nobody s Son UAPress Brutally honest and deeply moving, Nobody s Son is a testament to the borders that divide us all American Book Award winner Energetic and darkly humorous memoirs about a childhood divided between Mexico and the United States Nobody s Son Notes from an American Life Nobody s Son Notes from an American Life Born in Tijuana to a Mexican father and an Anglo mother from Staten Island, Urrea moved to San Diego when he was three His childhood was a mix of opposites, a clash of cultures and languages In prose that seethes with energy and crackles with dark humor, Urrea tells a story that is both troubling and wildly entertaining. Jelani Blackman Nobody s Son Official Video YouTube Mar , Jelani Blackman Nobody s Son Listen to Nobody s Son here Follow Jelani Blackman Facebook facebook
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      • Mark Slouka

        Mark Slouka is the author of four previous works of fiction including Lost Lake, a New York Times Notable Book, and The Visible World, a finalist for the British Book Award His 2011 essay collection, Essays from the Nick of Time, was the winner of the PEN Diamonstein Speilvogel Award A contributing editor at Harper s, Slouka s work has also appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best American Essays, and the PEN O Henry Prize Stories He lives in Brewster, New York.

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    1. I m not making any claim to anything this isn t Queenfor a Day I have no interest in hustling our unhappiness for a bit of misery cred and a shot at Oprah What I m interested in is at once selfish and less sellable I want to know what the f k happened to us, and why, I couldn t see it I want toknow why I couldn t save us, though what I really want, I think is absolution, the beginning of this sentence, with the word why removed like a long thorn I want to know I couldn t save us This quote actu [...]


    2. Mark Slouka has built a writing career by mining the phenomenal story of his parents escape from Communist controlled Czechoslovakia, their largely loveless marriage and rootless adult lives, and the mental illness that destroyed his relationship with his mother In this memoir, he insists that much of this was unconsciously done Even when he knowingly picked up facts from their lives, he didn t realize how much else was permeating his work Slouka s father died in late 2013 His mother, with whom [...]


    3. This memoirn t a straight line In short, it s complex, nonlinear, sometimes contradictory, often inconclusive a bit of a mess A lot like life, if I get it right Slouka has been writing about his life and that of his family for years as fiction, but as he himself notes in Nobody s Son, There can come a time in your life when the past decides to run you down You re not going to get away Take the hit Slouka has surely taken one here, laying bare some of the most anguished aspects of his childhood, [...]


    4. In a short essay for The New Yorker, also titled Nobody s Son, Mark Slouka attempted to grapple with the collapse of his memory.This was not Alzheimer s or dementia or amnesia, or anything neurologically diagnosable It was, instead, a savage stage of perceptive recalibration that hits like a bolt from the blue, often in the wake of an important death His mother had passed away and taken with her the need for pretense for the tight hold they d kept on the reality they d crafted together a history [...]


    5. A lot has been written about the formative nature of the mother child relationship Children who suffer horrible neglect and abuse continue to love and yearn for their mother s love Mark Slouka was no exception.His parents lived through the horrors of WW2 and when the Iron Curtain came down, his journalist future father had days to flee For years the young couple suffered in precarious situations, among the many thousands who were stateless in refugee camps.While I imagine both had some form of P [...]


    6. David Shields once wrote, Long live the anti memoir, built from scraps Slouka has crafted a brilliant anti memoir I need to say things up front This memoir how uncomfortable that word still is for me isn t a straight story It s a nest of memories, a tangle of anecdotes, told to me and misheard, misremembered of regrets and revisions forced by time In short, it s complex, non linear, sometimes contradictory, often inconclusive a bit of a mess A lot like life, if I get it right all memory, all his [...]


    7. Mark was an only child His life was shaped by all the relatives in Czechoslovakia during the late 1940 s He loved his mother, but later on he grew to hate her.He had a better relationship with his father The hatred came through humiliation.The cruelty seen in grandparents.His father took revenge from all the years of belittleing He wrote a book about his escape from the Nazi s and left his wife out of it The family left Czechoslovakia when the communists took over, traveled to Austria and then t [...]


    8. Like many memoirs the back story of an author s parents form the foundation.There are buried secrets and it is a painful thing for Slouka to reveal them He ably shares this pain and discomfort and it is a lucky thing for the reader that he does The parents, mismatched aren t they always , flawed, unhappy, declining as they age, give Slouka his material He also shares how the family s story influenced his own fiction A few photos are always welcome in a memoir This is a story that stands out for [...]


    9. Mark is writing about his family on both sides who come from Czechoslovakia but it is mostly about his mother who had a very dysfunctional childhood and this was carried over as an adult Through it all the son tried to be a loving son in spite of at times not knowing which way to turn.Book is written in a very interesting way and one that is not easily put down once you start reading.


    10. I won this book from giveaways What an honest and heart wrenching memoir The meandering story telling kept me intrigued.


    11. Nobody s Son feels like a puzzle the author is trying to piece together in effort to better understand his parents who survived the Nazis only to escape the Communist purges after the war This is a story of refugees and war, the lies we inherit and the lies we tell, but most of all it is the author s attempt to try and comprehend the actions of his mother, who is at the center of the complicated labyrinth.


    12. Life often goes by, not in the way we hoped or planned The author s parents survived WWII, but the aftermath of Russian invasion forced them out of their country This is a story of Mark s living with his parents unhappiness across the decades He fills in the back story with grandparents and other family members The writing is beautiful.


    13. Heart wrenching memoir It travels in time, slowly revealing the portrait of Slouka s mother and the author s soul I expected an immigrant story, but it was much , a story of a family, wrapped in secrets, mysteries, and tragedies Amazingly honest.


    14. Eerie parallels in family history and memory here as well as stark differences Having lost my own father a few years ago, and with my mother languishing with acute dementia, this book spoke clearly and directly in a way that few memoirs have ever touched me this deeply.


    15. I wish I could have like this book better I didn t completely finish it It is so beautifully written Unfortunately I could not follow any story line, kept getting confused and just gave up.




    16. Mark Slouka is a terrific writer This story, this memoir, is so well told Exposing someone else s past could be, I would think, a minefield There s a lot of pain here, outright misery actually But I appreciated the way Mr Slouka told the story with such care, such sensitivity The fact that he survived to tell the tale, is a testament to the strength of human spirit Definitely a good read


    17. This was complex and almost seemed rambling in some ways It was the story of a life not told in chronological order, but rather tripped over different incidents, including memories, and stories that happened before the author was born But though life happens chronologically, who we are is not simply a timeline of events There are things that matter, things that circle back around in our life, things that are touchstones that we never get over, and that is clear for Mark Slouka and even so for h [...]



    18. Bad memories stay the longest and hurt the longest Why do we remember all the bad memories so than the good ones Raw and real memoir Dissected memories with a razor sharp wit and understanding.


    19. Best memoir I have read in a long time It s the kind of literary book that after you finish it, you want to go back and reread how the author managed to weave together such deep and evolving characterizations, as well as his somewhat chronological but also kaleidoscopic examination of his parents lives, their marriage, specifically his mom s life, his own life, as well as little known history regarding Czechoslovakia post World War II and the lives of Czech refugees It s a family memoir that man [...]


    20. Refugees from Czechoslovakia go from Australia, Germany then to New York The father has to leave his homeland as he was part of the Czech resistance when communism took over The mother was hidden in a coal bin so these liberators would not rape her or worse Married soon afterwards Zdenek and Olga Slouka are immigrants with little or next to nothing Soon afterwards they have a child Their lives are happy at times, the author remembers some happiness But the mother is slowly descending into madnes [...]


    21. The author has written a straight forward memoir primarily about his relationship with his mother, an unhappy woman who was sexually abused by her father, married one man but was in love and had stolen times with another and longed for her native country of Czechoslovakia Her descent into true madness starting when Slouka was a young boy led to a love hate relationship between them and resulted in an analysis of their lives that would make a psychologist proud.The book abounds with descriptions [...]


    22. A memoir about a family with issues I am talking about Pat Conroy type family issues but without the Conroy wit and humor So that fact makes this memoir ultimately depressing The focal point of the book is the author s relationships with his mother, father and other extended family members The family escapes political oppression in Eastern Europe but is never able to find happiness elsewhere I think that these people would be dysfunctional no matter where they lived There are happy well adjusted [...]


    23. I received this book for free through Giveaways.Reading much like a transcript of a therapy appointment than what I normally expect from a memoir, this book was a very troubled and difficult read.Nobody s Son is Mark Slouka s memoir, but also the story of how his parents met and fell apart His mother s life is one drowned in trauma and addictions and is the focus here, as her descent into madness reshaped the rest of the family member s lives The conversational tone helps present the psychologi [...]


    24. Disclaimer I received this book for free as part of a Giveaway.This was a unique and cutting memoir of the author and his family as a whole It s somewhat chronological, but does jump around a bit and is organized as a way to explain himself and his history rather than a direct recounting It s an almost brutally honest introspection, which can be tough to read but is also refreshing in that it certainly does not to be a rose colored or directed recollection like so many other books.



    25. The author s recollections of his parents growing up, mainly his Mother At times I felt like I was a peeping Tom peeking through the window unnoticed by the inhabitants while they did all sorts of nasty things The author had a ambivalent relationship with his Mother making, I would guess, this a painful book to write The writing is sparse and insightful I loved how it was all set amongst the history of Czechoslovakia s Communist past, very interesting I received this book through a giveaway.


    26. This memoir wasn t what I expected when I read the back of the book, and I m glad about that This memoir isn t the conventional kind it s told in nonlinear memories and anecdotes about the author and his family Family history blurs with the trauma of war and of immigrating blurs with the author acknowledging the precariousness of some of his own memories and experiences The book was chaotic and I m glad I took my time reading it.


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