Please join us from January 12th-February 3rd, 2015 as Mathias B. Freese tours with I Truly Lament.
Book tour schedule:
Jan. 12 – Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS™
Jan. 13 – A.E. @ A.E. Albert: A Writer’s Blog
Jan. 14 – Jaidis @ Juniper Grove
Jan. 15 – Udita @ BookMark
Jan. 16 – Mathias @ Mathias B. Freese: A Writer’s Blog
Jan. 20 – Fran @ Just Reviews
Jan. 21 – Bobbie @ Nurture Your BOOKS™
Jan. 23 – Mathias @ Mathias B. Freese: A Writer’s Blog
Feb. 3 – Rachel @ Leather Bound Pounds
“A weirdly wonderful short story collection exploring the Holocaust from diverse perspectives in literary styles ranging from gothic and romantic to phantasmagoric.”
I Truly Lament—Working Through the Holocaust is a varied collection of stories: inmates in death camps; survivors of these camps; disenchanted Golems complaining about their designated rounds; Holocaust deniers and their ravings; collectors of Hitler curiosa (only recently a few linens from Hitler’s bedroom suite went up for sale!); an imagined interview with Eva Braun during her last days in the Berlin bunker; a Nazi camp doctor subtly denying his complicity; and the love story of a Hungarian cantor, among others.
At a social distance from me now, as exact and regulatory as a geometric theorem, I see the Jew as a thing rather than entity. He is foreign to me.
From The Disenchanted Golem
IN MY LATEST INCARNATION I was a golem for a few months in Poland. Invoked by the mumbo-jumbo Kabalistic rites of a Hasidic tzaddik, I was raised from nothing. Of course, Jews have no idea where I come from or how I exist when not on call. They know nothing
of the fabric of my being. They believe, or at least this Hasid did, that prayer—and demands—bring me forth. Rubbish! My directive comes from a different source and one that’s not accountable to me. I cannot explain my existence. I’m in the dark much like the rabbi. And when I wake to a call and go about my tasks, which are often to tear out legs and arms of Poles, in this instance, I find ita necessary evil of which I’m a significant part. I’d rather rest in soil from which I come, or at least that is the matter that forms my lumpish shape. Going way back to 1492, Señor Torquemada, the Grand Inquisitor who was of Jewish descent, cursed me for dismembering a fellow priest whom I’d beaten with a candelabrum until he curled up in a ball and died. Spry Torquemada fled from my presence and I lumbered after him, finally grabbing the wily old bastard by his caftan. I can’t speak, which is problematic, for I’ve seen or experienced so much about death and dying that I’ve a lot to say. Sometimes I would like to interrogate the victim to see how he responds not only to his imminent death but to my physical presence: which is more terrifying?
Anyway, I scared the shit out of the Grand Inquisitor but let him live. I really don’t know why. Before I left his home I peed in his private chapel, the piss laced with mud and twigs, an earthy aroma to it, like asparagus, essentially all the parts of my makeup. Basically I am mud.
Title: I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust
Author: Mathias B. Freese
Genre: Literary Fiction
Formats: Paperback & eBook
Published by: Wheatmark
Pub. Date: Sept. 14, 2014
Number of pages: 252
Content Warning: 18+ for graphic violence
Purchase at: Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com
Author Bio: MATHIAS B. FREESE is a multi-published, award-winning author, writer, teacher and psychotherapist.
Also by Mathias B. Freese:
The i Tetralogy, 2005, ISBN 1587364042
Down to a Sunless Sea, 2007, ISBN 9781587367335
This Mobius Strip of Ifs, 2012, ISBN 9781604947236
- The i Tetralogy: Allbooks Review Editor’s Choice Award 2007
- Down to a Sunless Sea: National Indie Excellence finalist Book Awards 2007 & Allbooks Reviews Editor’s Choice Award 2007.
- This Mobius Strip of Ifs: National Indie (Winner) Book Awards, 2012 & Global Ebook Award finalist, 2012.
- I Truly Lament: Working Through the Holocaust: Finalist in the 2012 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest out of 424 submissions