Axiomatic

Axiomatic

by Maria Tumarkin

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Overview

National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

A New Yorker Best Book of 2019
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2019

"Tumarkin presents a remarkable tour de force . . . These essays will linger in readers’ minds for years after."—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Drawing on nine years of research, Axiomatic explores the ways we understand the traumas we inherit and the systems that sustain them. In five sections—each one built on an axiom about how the past affects the present—Tumarkin weaves together true and intimate stories of a community dealing with the extended aftermath of a suicide, a grandmother’s quest to kidnap her grandson to keep him safe, one community lawyer’s struggle inside and against the criminal justice system, a larger-than-life Holocaust survivor, and the history of the author’s longest friendship.

With verve, wit, and critical dexterity, Tumarkin asks questions about loss, grief, and how our particular histories inform the people we become in the world. Axiomatic introduces an unforgettable voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945492297
Publisher: Transit Books
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 787,141
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. A recipient of the Windham-Campbell Prize, she is the author of three previous books of ideas, Traumascapes, Courage, and Otherland, all of which received critical acclaim in Australia, where she lives. Her most recent work, Axiomatic, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Table of Contents

Time heals all wounds 11

Those who forget the past are condemned to re- 59

History repeats itself 89

Give me a child before the age of seven and I will show you the woman 149

You can't enter the same river twice 207

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