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Return to Manure

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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, but once the journey is complete he no longer knows why he has made it, nor what he expected to find. Through the merger of fact and fiction, storytelling and reality, memoir and imagination, Return to Manure extends and enhances Raymond Federman's brilliant ability to side-step narration's limits and impossibilities.


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September 2006 : USA Paperback

Title: Return to Manure
Author(s): Raymond Federman
ISBN: 1-57366-133-3 / 978-1-57366-133-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Fiction Collective 2
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