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Die Söhne (The Josephus Trilogy #2)

4.39 of 5 stars 4.39  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  1 review
Whether progress is provable or not, even praisers of times past would have to admit the historical novel of today stacks up favorably alongside its peers of yesterday. Tho past-partisans mightn't allow Rbt Graves' Claudius books, Alfred Neumann's The Devil, Lion Feuchtwanger's Power & Josephus, Th Mann's Joseph & His Brothers the palm over such classics as Defoe's ...more
Paperback, 525 pages
Published 2002 by Aufbau Tb (first published 1932)
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Erik Graff
Jun 01, 2014 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in the period or in Josephus
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From what I know about the subject, the first novel of the trilogy, Josephus, is closer to the record than this, the second, The Jew of Rome. While the first simply has to deal with Josephus' betrayal of his past in a crisis, the second has to deal with his rationalizations for it. Here Feuchtwanger presents a very complex and polyvalent personality, torn between his Jewishness, his identification with a faction of the Roman imperial household and a third position, a certain cosmopolitanism.

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Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958) was a German Jewish emigre. A renowned novelist and playwright who fled Europe during World War II and lived in Los Angeles from 1941 until his death.

A fierce critic of the Nazi regime years before it assumed power precipitated his departure, after a brief internment in France, from Europe. He and his wife Marta obtained asylum in the United States in 1941 and remain
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The Josephus Trilogy (3 books)
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