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Review of “The Ashes of Innocence” – A Heart-Wrenching Tale That Lends Context To The World Condition

Review of “The Ashes of Innocence” – A Heart-Wrenching Tale That Lends Context To The World Condition

A Heart-Wrenching Tale That Lends Context To The World Condition

As Dmitri Prokofitch Razumikhin says in Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment: “Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

The name Razumikhin means reason.

Most North Americans are fortunate to have never suffered deeply enough to understand what many of our immediate family have endured. Alexandra Tesluk’s The Ashes of Innocence reminds us how very close we are to the great anguish inflicted upon millions of survivors of horrible circumstances, at the time of her birth and today.

Writing with elegance and honesty, Tesluk tells us the agonizing yet true story of her very tragic early life. Born in the same displaced persons camp where my own mother spent part of her early childhood after surviving work and concentration camps, Tesluk chronicles her separation from her beloved father, and the emotional abandonment by her emotionally tortured mother. Her sorrowful tale of a little girl mired in a world of suicide, sexual abuse, and other heinous acts by other humans, is of tremendous significance for all us who want to empathize with the struggles of humanity.

The book, which follows Tesluk into her formative years as a refugee in Canada, is more relevant today than ever. You owe it to yourself to read The Ashes of Innocence, which helps to recount historic events, as well as to provide sorely needed context for our current world condition.

Natasha Gural-Maiello, New York, NY

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