Married life

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Toby, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 501 pages
3 Reviews
Set in Vienna in the 1920s, the novel is a portrait of the disastrous marriage of one Rudolph Gurdweill, a poor Jewish intellectual, to a sadistic and anti-Semitic baroness. Her unfaithfulness and cruelty to the well-meaning but helpless and masochistic writer clearly represents the relationship between Vienna and its Jews. The complex atmosphere of Viennese culture between the wars is conveyed in highly detailed descriptions; countless cigarettes and cups of coffee and endless rendezvous in cafés seem to be central to the existence of these doomed characters. An important novel, not only as a historic document, but as a work of literature that echoes both Kafka and Mann.

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User Review  - Elazar - Goodreads

A surprisingly good book, especially because it was originally written in Hebrew in Europe as early as 1928. Fascinating psychology and excellent writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Jean-Paul - Goodreads

Poetic and psychologically deep as well as being historically fascinating! I highly reccommend it! Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Married Life is the only novel by David Vogel, a poet, who is presumed to have died at Auschwitz during the Holocaust.

Dalya Bilu is a well-known translator of Hebrew literature and has translated the works of Zeruya Shalev, A.B.Yehoshua, Yaakov Shabtai, Aharon Appelfeld, Judith Katzir, Batia Gur and more. She has been awarded The Israel Culture and Education Ministry Prize for Translation, the Times Literary Supplement Prize and the Jewish Book Council Award for Hebrew-English Translation.

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