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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jul 7, 2008 - Fiction - 385 pages
18 Reviews
From one of Spain's most celebrated writers, an extraordinary, inspired book—at once fiction, history, and memoir—that draws on the Sephardic diaspora, the Holocaust, and Stalin's purges to tell a twentieth-century story.
Shifting seamlessly from the past to the present and following the routes of escape across countries and continents, Muñoz Molina evokes people real and imagined who come together in a richly allusive pattern—from Eugenia Ginsburg to Grete Buber-Neumann, the one on a train to the gulag, the other heading toward a Nazi concentration camp; from a shoemaker and a nun who become lovers in a small Spanish town to Primo Levi bound for Auschwitz. From the well known to the virtually unknown—all of Molina's characters are voices of separation, nostalgia, love, and endless waiting.
Written with clarity of vision and passion, in a style both lyrical and accessible, Sepharad makes the experience our own.
A brilliant achievement.

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User Review  - Carol Peters - Goodreads

Very well written, very moving, very grim. I quit halfway through because I didn't want any more of that grief right now. It's a book to have on the shelf & to read parts of from time to time. Doesn't make any difference which order you read it in. It's all about oppressively grim loss. Read full review

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User Review  - Elizabeth Pergam - Goodreads

Beautiful and moving stories of exile and persecution. The recurring trope of a story-telling figure in many of these individual episodes reminds us that the best fiction is rooted in memory, imagination and empathy. Read full review

About the author (2008)

ANTONIO MUÑOZ MOLINAis the author of thirteen novels and has twice been awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura (the Spanish equivalent of the National Book Award). He lives in Madrid.

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