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“An exceptional book.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“Gracefully measured, conversational and obliquely impressionistic . . . a cause for celebration."—The Irish Times

This extraordinary novel is based on a true story of the love between Rudi and Marga. Imprisoned in Auschwitz, Rudi petitions to be allowed to marry Marga and make his son legitimate. Eventually his petition
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Serpent's Tail (first published 2003)
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Tadzio Koelb
From my review in the TLS:

It is fitting that Erich Hackl gives both the living and the dead, survivors and victims, voices with which to speak of the past. Presented as a series of interviews, The Wedding in Auschwitz investigates the lives of Rudi, Marga, and the many people, friends or strangers, who knew them or of them. It is a disconcerting but thematically important ellipsis that Rudi and Marga never tell their stories for themselves. Memory mixes with hearsay: the wedding, and even Rudi h
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Edith
How It Came That a Political Prisoner in a German Concentration Camp Got Married: The Wedding in Auschwitz by Erich Hackl

Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 25 October 2013

The Austrian writer Erich Hackl is famed for his literary adaptations of true stories reminding of Latin-American testimonial literature. In 2002 he brought out The Wedding in Auschwitz which is based on a real event, too, namely the wedding of Margarita “Marga” Ferrer Rey and Rudolf “Rudi” Friemel at
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Amanda Young
A little nervous to start this one because it has terrible reviews! It sounds like a wonderfull story though.

Wow... I can't even begin to describe what a terrible book this was. What I thought would be an inspiring story turned into a collection of thoughts. Half the time I didn't understand who was talking. It read as if a bunch of people (still not sure how many) were discussing the story and trying to sort out all the details to it. I wouldn't suggest this book to anyone. I had a hard time g
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Melissa Blanco
I chose this book out of a list given to me to read for a university course titled "The Origins of Nazism: Shoah in cinema and literature".
I was spoiled majorly by the summary on the back cover of the book, so I started reading it without a bit "bummed".
The story is original and very interesting but the way it's written is very confusing. There are many narrators and nobody specifies who is talking so the reader gets a bit mixed up.
Colleen
I did not enjoy reading this book. However, I did like the story. The story is told from several different points of view. Half the time I couldn't figure out whose niew it was until midway through their story. I also felt the story lacked emotion. I felt as if I was reading from a history book instead. So much more could have been done in the way the story was told. I really feel like this book could have become a popular read.
Katie Grainger
I found this book a little hard going and not just because of the subject matter. I kept getting confused with who was narrating which got irritating over time. However this is a powerful little book with a very moving story.
Stephonour
Tragedy! A book that should shimmer with hope is eclipsed by terrible writing.
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