It is the spring of 1939. In months Europe will be Hitler's, and Baderheim, a resort town vaguely in the orbit of Vienna, is preparing for its annual summer season. Soon the vacationers arrive, as they always have, a sample of Jewish middle-class life. The story unfolds as matter-of-factly as a Chekhov play, its characters so deeply held by their defensive trivia that they manage to misconstrue every signal of their fate, until these signals take on the lineaments of disaster.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TimBazzett - LibraryThing
Aharon Appelfeld's BADENHEIM 1939 (translated from the Hebrew by Dalya Bilu) comes across as an almost surreal parable of how Europe's Jews were quietly rounded up and shipped off to camps. The small ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - magicians_nephew - LibraryThing
Badenheim, 1939 (and that's the translator's title) is a book that I think either way went over my head or way under it. A group of Jews come to Badenheim for a summer music festival at a charming old ... Read full review