Aharon Appelfeld





Aharon Appelfeld


Born
in Zhadova, Romania
February 16, 1932

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AHARON APPELFELD is the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Until the Dawn's Light and The Iron Tracks (both winners of the National Jewish Book Award) and The Story of a Life (winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger). Other honors he has received include the Giovanni Bocaccio Literary Prize, the Nelly Sachs Prize, the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the MLA Commonwealth Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yeshiva University.

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Badenheim 1939

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3.72 avg rating — 523 ratings — published 1978 — 19 editions
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The Story of a Life

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3.82 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 1998 — 26 editions
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Blooms of Darkness

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3.42 avg rating — 312 ratings — published 2006 — 18 editions
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Suddenly, Love

3.44 avg rating — 236 ratings — published 2003 — 15 editions
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Katerina

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3.64 avg rating — 135 ratings — published 1989 — 15 editions
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Tzili: The Story of a Life

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3.69 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 1982 — 16 editions
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Until the Dawn's Light

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3.31 avg rating — 126 ratings — published 1995 — 8 editions
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The Iron Tracks

3.80 avg rating — 96 ratings — published 1991 — 11 editions
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All Whom I Have Loved

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3.52 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1999 — 7 editions
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The Immortal Bartfuss

3.58 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1987 — 9 editions
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“Wenn man keine Sprache hat, ist alles Durcheinander, und man hat Angst vor Dingen, von denen man sich nicht zu fürchten braucht. In dieser Zeit stotterten die meisten der Kinder um mich herum, sprachen laut oder verschluckten die Wörter. Wenn man keine Sprache hat, offenbart sich der nackte Charakter. Die Vielredner unter uns wurden noch lauter, und die in sich gekehrten verschluckten ihre Stimme. Ohne Muttersprache ist der Mensch verstümmelt.”
Aharon Appelfeld, Geschichte eines Lebens

“Ich konnte noch nicht einmal Zeuge sein, erinnerte mich nicht an die Namen von Menschen und Orten, nur an Dunkel, an Geräusche und Bewegungen. Erst später verstand ich, dass ebendieses Rohmaterial die Essenz der Literatur war, dass man aus ihm eine innere Geschichte, eine Art Legende formen konnte. Ich sage “innere”, den damals wurden Chroniken hoch geachtet, als enthielten sie die Wahrheit. Der innere Ausdruck war noch nicht geboren.”
Aharon Appelfeld, Geschichte eines Lebens

“Words are powerless when confronted by catastrophe; they're pitiable, wretched, and easily distorted”
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