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To the Edge of Sorrow - by Aharon Appelfeld (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: Literary

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Schocken Books Inc

Age Range: Adult

Author: Aharon Appelfeld

Language: English

TCIN: 76959494
UPC: 9780805243420
Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-6094


"Like Thomas Mann, Aharon Appelfeld surveys all the great quandaries of the twentieth century, only in their Jewish versions . . . His novels are not about waiting for what will happen next but about immersion in a timeless present, a bubble world that is all the more enthralling because you know it is about to pop."
--Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker

"Surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, Appelfeld suggests with characteristic terseness, entails more than simply the fight to keep breathing . . . The partisans make it their goal not only to preserve their past, but also to secure their future by rescuing as many Jews as possible. Their struggle is a moving one."
--Jordana Horn, The New York Times Book Review

"Appelfeld constructs his characters with a sensitive grace and humanistic depth; they are luminous concoctions, awhirl with mysteries and passions, at once sentimental and tragic . . . To the Edge of Sorrow is ultimately a work of neat, almost hermetic resonances."
--Tablet Magazine

"In sharp yet affectless language, Aharon Appelfeld, one of Israel's most honored novelists, has created a created a group of brave, loyal, generous, and intellectually disputatious Jewish partisans."
--New York Journal of Books

"In this spirited novel set in Ukraine near the end of World War II, Appelfeld describes the daily hardships and travails of a band of Jewish resistance fighters in near-reportorial detail. A powerful tale of lives lived amid the duress and horrors of war that is unflinching in its authenticity."
--Publishers Weekly

"To the Edge of Sorrow is immediately recognizable as Appelfeld's, through its spare, eerily understated approach, which records atrocities from a grim remove. Unlike many of the brilliantly allusive author's other novels, this one makes explicit reference to the Holocaust, but there's still a dreamlike quality at work . . . The story moves toward its climax with the usual disquieting force. Another haunting and heartbreaking tale of the Holocaust from one who survived it."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)

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