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In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall reveals how the lives of World War II survivors are shaped in surprising ways by the twists and turns of historical events. A paralytic Jewish woman starts walking after her husband is suffocated by fellow Jews afraid that his coughing would reveal their hiding place to the Germans. A young American man refuses to let go of the ghost of his half brother who died in the Warsaw ghetto. He never knew the boy, yet he learns Polish to communicate with his dybbuk. A high ranking German officer conceives of a plan to kill Hitler after witnessing a mass execution of Jews in Eastern Poland.

Through Krall's adroit and journalistic style, her reader is thrown into a world where love, hatred, compassion, and indifference appear in places where we least expect them, illuminating the implacable logic of the surreal.

"It is precisely the difficult path [Krall] takes toward her topic that has made some of these texts masterpieces."

-- Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (on Dancing at Other People's Weddings)

"Heartbreaking, strange . . . and marvelously told."

-- Die Zeit (on Proofs of Existence)

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"Elegant, multi-layered narratives....Krall's deceptively artless prose speaks of real events with the power of fiction."--"The New York Times Book Review" In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall reveals the surprising ways the lives of World War II survivors are shaped by the twists and turns of history. A young American architect learns Polish to communicate with his "dybbuk," the ghost of his half brother who died in the Warsaw ghetto. A high-ranking German officer conceives a plan to kill Hitler after witnessing a mass execution of Jews in Eastern Poland. And in the title story, which was excerpted in the New Yorker, a signmaker's daughter learns that her mother is not the woman who raised her but a mysterious stranger living in Germany. Krall's deceptively neutral tone draws her readers into a world in which love, hatred, compassion, and indifference appear where we least expect them, illuminating the tragic, the fortunate, and the surreal with equal skill.

About the Author

Hanna Krall

Hanna Krall was born in Warsaw in 1937 and was a reporter for Polityka from 1957 until 1981, when martial law was imposed and her publications were banned. The recipient of numerous international literary awards, her books have been translated into 15 languages. She lives in Warsaw.

Madeline G. Levine

Madeline G. Levine was Czeslaw Milosz's prose translator. Her translation of Ida Fink's A Scrap of Time and Other Stories was awarded the PEN Book-of-the Month Club Translation Prize.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590512234
Author:
Krall, Hanna
Publisher:
Other Press (NY)
Translator:
Levine, Madeline
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Holocaust
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Jewish studies
Subject:
Holocaust survivors
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.60x5.10x.80 in. .60 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Elegant, multi-layered narratives....Krall's deceptively artless prose speaks of real events with the power of fiction."--"The New York Times Book Review" In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall reveals the surprising ways the lives of World War II survivors are shaped by the twists and turns of history. A young American architect learns Polish to communicate with his "dybbuk," the ghost of his half brother who died in the Warsaw ghetto. A high-ranking German officer conceives a plan to kill Hitler after witnessing a mass execution of Jews in Eastern Poland. And in the title story, which was excerpted in the New Yorker, a signmaker's daughter learns that her mother is not the woman who raised her but a mysterious stranger living in Germany. Krall's deceptively neutral tone draws her readers into a world in which love, hatred, compassion, and indifference appear where we least expect them, illuminating the tragic, the fortunate, and the surreal with equal skill.

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