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Book Title: Flight to Afar|
The author of the book: Alfred Andersch
Edition: Toby Press
Date of issue: April 15th 2004
ISBN 13: 9781592640744
Format files: PDF
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Reasons to leave your country?
For a young boy, following the plot of Andersch' Nazi Germany story on the sidelines, there are complex and difficult reasons to feel the urge to run away. The first, that nothing ever happens in his home town, is immediately contradicted by the second reason to leave: that his home killed his father, who choked on his existence and became an alcoholic. For the boy, however, there must be a THIRD reason to leave, a magical trinity of inner logic. Not having a future or having too much past is not enough. The third reason is most important: the dream of a better life somewhere else. Sansibar or the last reason.
Why do some people give up hope and stop dreaming while others fight for their right to live on their own terms? With the power of the Nazis spreading, people of all walks of life have to ask themselves if their dreams are still strong enough to risk their lives - to live fully.
A Jewish girl, whose mother showed her in the most brutal way possible how much she valued her daughter's survival, a priest who has lost his faith in the lazy and remote god, but not his sense of beauty and right, a grumpy old communist disappointed in his party's inability to stop "The Others", the opportunist locals - they all have to balance their chances and risks, and in the end, the tipping of the balance always depends on the ability to dream of a different future.
The statue at the centre of the story - a reading boy - stands for the freedom to choose knowledge and develop critical thinking skills even when society quickly reaches its darkest hour.
To save the statue becomes an act of humanism - an act of faith in the perfectibility of the human mind.
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