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Age of Wonders Aharon Appelfeld

Age of Wonders

Aharon Appelfeld

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ISBN : 9780879237981
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270 pages
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The secure world of a well-established and apparently well-assimilated Jewish writer, in an Austrian town before World War II, disintegrates under the force of political and social realities that daily sanctify the old Austrian anti-Semitism. WeMoreThe secure world of a well-established and apparently well-assimilated Jewish writer, in an Austrian town before World War II, disintegrates under the force of political and social realities that daily sanctify the old Austrian anti-Semitism. We learn what we learn through Bruno, the thirteen-year-old son of the family, whose spare and uninflected account discloses the slow onset of disaster. His father, a successful Austrian intellectual, refuses the implications of whats happening and embraces the humiliating routines of Jewish self-hatred. To the vicious attacks on his writing and character, he adds his own voice until, with nothing left - not faith, not family, not friends, not dignity - he disappears. Thirty years later, the war long over, Bruno, at a low point in a childless marriage, responds to ambiguously positive inquiries about his fathers work, and travels from his home in Jerusalem to the Austrian town of his childhood. What he encounters in that town, now clean of Jews, enables him to face his own profound losses, and, in some measure, redeem the sins of his father.