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Apelfeld, Aharon

Works: 481 works in 1,372 publications in 17 languages and 26,793 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Biography  Psychological fiction  Romance fiction  Domestic fiction  Juvenile works  Autobiographies  War fiction 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Editor, Interviewee, Bibliographic antecedent, Commentator, Other, Contributor
Classifications: PJ5054.A755, 892.436
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Badenheim 1939 by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

85 editions published between 1979 and 2012 in 15 languages and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A sampling of Jewish middle class life arrives at a resort town near Vienna in 1939 along with the bland inspectors from the "Sanitation department."
Tzili, the story of a life by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

39 editions published between 1983 and 2015 in 7 languages and held by 1,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young Jewish girl survives the Holocaust living alone in the forest and among the gentile peasants she fears
Blooms of darkness by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

21 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 993 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A haunting, heartbreaking story of love and loss. The ghetto in which the Jews have been confined is being liquidated by the Nazis, and Hugo is brought by his mother to the local brothel, where Mariana, one of the prostitutes, has agreed to hide him. As their lives spiral downward, Mariana reaches out for consolation to the boy who is on the cusp of manhood
To the land of the cattails by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Hebrew and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1938 a Jewish woman and her son travel eastward to the mother's homeland in the heart of Europe, where they see ominous signs of the Holocaust to come. Eventually, the mother disappears on a mysterious train with an unknown destination and the son, after seeking her fruitlessly, is resigned to awaiting a train of his own. Evokes the apprehension of a Europe on the verge of world war and a people on the verge of a near-destruction
The age of wonders by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 923 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the response of two generations of a Jewish family to the anit-Semitism of the Nazis in an Austrian town
Katerina by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

41 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of a Gentile housekeeper working in a series of Jewish households as anti-Semitism grows in Europe in the years before World War II
Adam & Thomas by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 877 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adam and Thomas, two nine-year-old Jewish boys who survive World War II, take refuge in the forest where they learn to forage and survive, soon meeting and helping other fugitives fleeing for their lives
The iron tracks by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

27 editions published between 1991 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jew who survived the Holocaust obsessively rides the trains of postwar Europe in search of a Nazi concentration camp guard. The guard murdered his parents and he intends to kill him
The immortal Bartfuss by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2007 in English and French and held by 757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een man die de holocaust heeft overleefd weet zich door een strak en dwangmatig leefschema nog net geestelijk overeind te houden
All whom I have loved by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2015 in English and Hebrew and held by 711 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The haunting story of a Jewish family ... nine-year-old Paul and his divorced parents ... in Eastern Europe in the 1930s that prefigures the fate of the Jews during World War II
The retreat by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 2016 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A hotel in 1930s Austria where Jews are taught to be less Jewish. Founded by a Jew, the hotel features open-air activities to eradicate such Jewish traits as bent backs, melancholia and Jewish nerves. By the author of The Iron Tracks
For every sin by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

14 editions published between 1989 and 1996 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Holocaust survivor fights to understand the experience he has recently encountered during the Holocaust
The man who never stopped sleeping by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

4 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 674 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Erwin doesn't remember much about his journey across Europe when the war finally ended--and with good reason. He spent most of it asleep, carried by other survivors as they emerged from their hiding places or were liberated from the camps and traveled by train, truck, wagon, or on foot to the shores of Naples, where they filled the refugee camps and wondered what was to become of them. As he struggles to stay awake, Erwin becomes part of a group of young boys being trained in both body and mind for their new lives in Palestine. The fog of sleep gradually lifts, and when he and his comrades arrive in Haifa, they are assigned to a kibbutz, where they learn how to tend to the land and how to speak their new language. But a part of Erwin desperately clings to the past--to memories of his parents and other relatives, to his mother tongue, to the Ukrainian city where he was born--and he knows that who he was is just as important as who he is now becoming. When he is wounded while on night patrol, Erwin must spend long months recovering from multiple surgeries and trying to regain the use of his legs. As he exercises his body, he exercises his mind as well, copying passages from the Bible in his newly acquired Hebrew and working up the courage to create his own texts in this language both old and new, hoping to succeed as a writer where his beloved father had failed. With the support of his friends and of other survivors, and with the ever-present memory of his mother to spur him on, Erwin takes his first tentative steps with his crutches--and with his pen"--
Suddenly, love : a novel by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Hebrew and held by 622 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A poignant, heartbreaking new work by "one of the best novelists alive" (Irving Howe)--the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other's lives in ways they could never have imagined. Ernst is a gruff seventy-year-old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II. A retired investment advisor, he lives alone (his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis; he divorced his shrewish second wife several years ago) and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels. Irena is the unmarried thirty-six-year-old daughter of Holocaust survivors who has been taking care of Ernst since his surgery two years ago; she arrives every morning promptly at eight and leaves every afternoon precisely at three. Quiet and shy, Irena is in awe of Ernst's intellect. And as the months pass, Ernst comes to depend on the gentle young woman who runs his house, listens to him read from his work, and occasionally offers a spirited commentary on it. But Ernst's writing gives him no satisfaction, and he is haunted by his godless, communist past; his health, already poor, begins to deteriorate even more. As he becomes mired in depression, Ernst seems to lose the will to live. But he has reckoned without the devoted Irena. As she becomes an increasingly important part of his life--moving into his home, encouraging him in his work, easing his pain--Ernst not only regains his sense of self but realizes, to his amazement, that Irena is in love with him. And, even more astonishing, he discovers that he is in love with her"--
The healer by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Story of a Viennese Jewish businessman whose faith is restored after being snowbound in a faith centered rural village. He returns to Vienna with a renewed sense of faith and tolerance on the eve of World War II where an anti-Semitic atmosphere pervades
Until the dawn's light by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

5 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 595 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A high school honor student bound for university and a career as a mathematician, Blanca lives with her parents in a small town in Austria in the early years of the twentieth century. At school one day she meets Adolf, who comes from a family of peasant laborers. Tall and sturdy, plainspoken and uncomplicated, Adolf is unlike anyone Blanca has ever met. And Adolf is awestruck by beautiful, brilliant Blanca--even though she is Jewish. When Blanca is asked by school administrators to tutor Adolf, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. And when Adolf asks her to marry him, Blanca abandons her plans to attend university, converts to Christianity, and leaves her family, her friends, and her old life behind."--Page [2] of jacket
The conversion by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2016 in English and held by 529 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jew in pre-World War II Austria converts to Christianity to advance his career, only to find himself using his position to defend Jews. After falling in love with a Jewish woman, he becomes the target of anti-Semitism and the result is tragedy. By an Israeli writer, author of The Retreat
Writing and the Holocaust by Berel Lang( Book )

4 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Several prominent writers reflect on the degree to which the atrocities of the Holocaust have affected contemporary writing on the subject. a very extensive and well documented historiographical and literary analysis
Unto the soul by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amalia and Gad, sister and brother, have been bequeathed a terrible honor: to be caretakers of a cemetery of Jewish martyrs set on an isolated mountaintop in turn-of-the-century Eastern Europe. The siblings accept this daunting privilege only to battle their fierce loneliness, wavering piety, and a burgeoning lust they feel for each other. In Unto the Soul, Aharon Appelfeld once again explores the sustenance of faith in the wake of tremulous guilt and an ambiguous God
Laish by Aharon Apelfeld( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 2016 in English and Hebrew and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A caravan of Jews wanders through Eastern Europe at the end of the nineteenth century on a heartbreaking quest. Spiritual seekers and the elderly, widows and orphans, the sick and the dying, con artists and adventurers, victims of pogroms who have no place else to go-they are all on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, but the journey is filled with unexpected detours and unanticipated disaster. Among them is Laish, a fifteen-year-old orphan, through whose eyes we observe the interactions within this ragtag group of dreamers, holy men, misfits, and thieves as they battle with one another, try to stay one step ahead of the gendarmes, and do what little they can to keep up their flagging spirits. With the death of the rabbi who brought the group together, they are now led by men whom Laish refers to as "the dealers"--Black-market traders whose motives are questionable but who periodically infuse the group with the money they need to get to the next town. Years pass, tempers start to fray, and the caravan grows smaller as people die or abandon the venture. A brutal winter and typhoid epidemic further decimate the ranks, and the pilgrims have begun to reach the limits of their endurance. The dream of Jerusalem keeps the remnant going, and against all odds they finally arrive-emotionally and physically exhausted-at the port city of Galacz. They see their ship in the harbor, but whether they will actually make it onto that ship is suddenly and tragically thrown into doubt. This magnificent new novel from Aharon Appelfeld ("One of the greatest writers of the age"'The Guardian) resonates with a universality of experience: the will to survive, the struggle to hold on to hope
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Badenheim 1939
Tzili, the story of a lifeBlooms of darknessTo the land of the cattailsThe age of wondersKaterinaThe iron tracksThe immortal BartfussAll whom I have loved
Alternative Names
Aharon Appelfeld

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Aharon Appelfeld escriptor israelià

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Aharon Appelfeld escritor israelí (1932-2018)

Aharon Appelfeld Israeli writer

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Apelfeld, A.

Apelfeld, A. 1932-

Apelfeld, A. 1932-2018

Apelfeld, A. (Aharon)

Apelfeld, Aharon.

ʾApelfeld, ʾAharon 1932-

ʾApelfeld, ʾAharon, 1932-2018

Apelfeld, Ahron

ʾApelpeld, ʾAharon

ʾApelpeld ʾAharon 1932-2018

’Aṗelpeld, ’Aharŵn

ʾApelpeld ʾAharwn 1932-2018

Apfelfeld, Aharon

Appelfeld A.

Appelfeld A. 1932-

Appelfeld, A. 1932-2018

Appelfeld, A. (Aharon)

Appelfeld, Aarón

Appelʹfelʹd, Aaron 1932-

Appelʹfelʹd, Aaron 1932-2018

Appelʹfelʹd, Agaron.

Appelfeld, Aharon

ʾAppelfeld, ʾAharon 1932-

ʾAppelfeld, ʾAharon, 1932-2018

Appelʹfelʹd, Akharon

Appel'fel'd, Akharon 1932-

Appel'fel'd, Akharon 1932-2018

Appelfeld, Aron

Appelfeld, Aron 1932-

Appelfeld, Aron 1932-2018

Appelfeld, Ervin 1932-2018

Appelfeld, Erwin 1932-

Appelfeld, Erwin 1932-2018

Applefeld, Aaron

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Аарон Аппельфельд

Аппелфелд, Арон

Аппельфельд А

Аппельфельд А. 1932-

Аппельфельд, Аарон

Аппельфельд, Агарон, 1932-2018

Аппельфельд, Ахарон

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אפלפלד, א.

אפלפלד, א. 1932-2018

אפלפלד, אהרון

אפלפלד אהרון 1932-2018

אפלפלד, אהרן

אפלפלד, אהרן 1932-

אפלפלד אהרן 1932-2018

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