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Fleeing an abusive home, Katerina, a teenage peasant in Ukraine in the 1880s, is taken in by a Jewish family and becomes their housekeeper. Feeling the warmth of family life for the first time and incorporating the family’s customs and rituals into her own Christian observances, Katerina is traumatized when the parents are murdered in separate pogroms and the children are ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Schocken (first published 1989)
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Jul 17, 2008 Mikey rated it liked it
This is a fairly simple read in the way it is written as well as being short (only 200+ pages which are small). The story is based on the life of a young woman in the late 1800's and early 1900's up through the holocaust. It is hard to recommend this book because it is one hardship (horrible ones) after another her entire life other than a few years here and there while helping Jewish families that she becomes extremely close with, all the while her past haunts her. About 2/3 through the most ho ...more
Sep 04, 2012 Anca rated it liked it
I had heard of Aharon Appelfeld long before reading this book and had always been curious about his writing. I had also seen an interview with him a while back and judging from all I knew about the author and theme, what I hoped to find in this book was enlightenment. Not of the spiritual kind, but of the pragmatic one. I've always wanted to understand why the Jews were the colossal victims of WW2 and what led to all the hatred towards them.

I am not Jewish and I don't have any close acquaintance
The story wasn't quite what I was expecting. The dust cover referred to a 'succession' of Jewish households so I kept waiting for another household after the second. It seemed that Katerina had no goal or direction for her life. Her dreams made me wonder if she struggled with a mental illness.

I was shocked at the hatred towards Jewish people. Did Christians really refer to them as 'children of Satan'. The prisoners were cheering that Jews were headed to death camps. And quotes from characters,
Lada Moskalets
Aug 26, 2013 Lada Moskalets rated it really liked it
Дуже похмуро, скидає читача до прірви відчаю, такої глибокої, що аж дивно, що після прочитання залишається медитативно-спокійний настрій. Євреї очима української дівчини постають як інші і вищі істоти, не від світу цього, хоча їхній світ її не приймає до кінця.
Vera Novitsky
Apr 19, 2016 Vera Novitsky rated it liked it
Книга сильная и тяжелая. Обидно за героиню, ведь в книгу израильского писателя она попала только из-за своей любви к евреям. Ничто другое в украинской женщине, кажется, не может заинтересовать израильского читателя. Книга читается, как страшная сказка или притча. И в конце концов, неестественная, на мой взгляд, любовь Катерины не приносит счастья ни ей, ни объектам ее любви. Возможно, в плаче Катерины о погибших и пропавших в Украине евреях можно увидеть аллегорию, но я не знаю, насколько она со ...more
May 30, 2014 Astrid rated it it was ok
not my cup of tea.
obviously, this book was named after me.
Joey Gold
Jun 02, 2013 Joey Gold rated it it was amazing
Gritty and violent yet never sentimentally or unnecessarily so, "Katerina" should be read by anyone looking for an authentic piece of Holocaust literature, or, really, just very good literature. "Adam Resurrected" is also very powerful.
Jul 28, 2011 CVV added it
“During the dreadful nineteen forties I almost didn’t write, and what I did write, I destroyed with my own hand. I worked without fatigue, as if the beet field were my own farm.”
Roland Martinez
Nov 17, 2012 Roland Martinez rated it it was ok
Trite. The climax is a revelation from God.
о, боже и этот страх, и этот ужас...
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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 Fo ...more
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