“And so he left, as he had come: a shadow swept away by the wind”(91).
“He went by me like a shadow, passing me without stopping, without a glance”(107).
“By daybreak, Mrs. Schacter had settled down. Crouching in her corner, her blank gaze fixed on some faraway place, she no longer saw us”(26).
“From the depths of the mirror, a corpse was contemplating me. The look in his eyes as he gazed at me has never left me”(115).
“And he began beating him with an iron bar. At first, my father simply doubled over under the blows, but then he seemed to break in two like an old tree struck by lightning”(54).
“The darkness enveloped us. All I could hear was the violin, and it was as if Juliek’s soul had become his bow. He was playing his life. His whole being was gliding over the strings. His unfulfilled hopes. His charred past, his extinguished future. He played that which he would never play again”(95).