The Age of Wonders

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David R Godine Pub, 1981 - Fiction - 270 pages
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A Jewish writer under the pressures of pre-World War II Austrian anti-Semitism falls to pieces in a narration provided by his son, who returns to his father's town thirty years later

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User Review  - tzelman - LibraryThing

Impressionistic view of small town Austria--1938, 1968. Very like Badenheim 1939: dreamy, spooky, very depressing. Read full review

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A beautiful book, the Godine edition in hardcover is matchless. Read full review


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About the author (1981)

Aharon Appelfeld, born in Czernovitz, Bukovina, in 1932, experienced a tortuous childhood. Imprisoned in a German concentration camp at the age of eight, Appelfeld escaped and wandered around the Ukrainian countryside for several years, eventually joining the Russian, and later the Israeli, armies. Later still, he studied philosophy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The Holocaust had a powerful effect on Appelfeld's life and works. Feelings and emotions associated with the survivors of the Holocaust, such as imminent doom, stunted his personal development, and fear pervaded Appelfeld's writing. "To the Land of the Cattails," "The Healer," and "Writing and the Holocaust" are a few of his many excellent works. Appelfeld taught Hebrew Literature for many years at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba. His many awards include The Prime Minister's Prize for Creative Writing, two Anne Frank Literary Prizes, and the Israel Prize.

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