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The Morning Star: A Novel

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Luckily, a few found their way to the stars and into immortality. In the year 3000, nostalgic for the past, they return to earth in an effort to reconstruct the loves of the people who lived there.


The Morning Star flows between the poetic, the fantastic and the realistic as it weaves the tale of the Jewish people from Abraham to the Holocaust and into the future.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published February 17th 2011 by Overlook Hardcover (first published 2009)
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Lisa Lieberman
Oct 14, 2011 Lisa Lieberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Heartbreaking, reading Schwarz-Bart's account (in effect) of how it felt, at the age of eleven or twelve, to become the head of his family after his parents and older brother were murdered. Also poignant, to read his widow Simone's tender preface, where she thanks him for leaving the unfinished manuscript behind, so she could reclaim the joy of working by his side. If you love and admire Schwarz-Bart as much as I do, you'll appreciate The Morning Star for providing a few more pieces to the ...more
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« La plupart des touristes prirent place devant un confortable café, une bière, un hot-dog, installés dans un bâtiment qui servait autrefois de mess aux officiers SS. Pendant de temps, une petite troupe d’une vingtaine de personnes, inconnues les unes aux autres, suivait les rails rouillés, qui allaient aux baraquements, deux kilomètres plus loin, où était censé se trouver le camp de Birkenau, l’annexe de Auschwitz I, destinée à l’extermination des juifs. »
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Apr 26, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
An odd book, very Jewish (I say from reading Elie Wiesel and Chaim Potok) but an exquisite retelling of one man's life just before, during and after the Holocaust -- how he comes to terms with it and doesn't at the same time. A crystalline sort of book -- clear and direct, with many facets.
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Jan 03, 2015 Steve Donoghue rated it really liked it
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A wrenching, beautiful book - here's my full review:

http://www.openlettersmonthly.com/boo...
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Feb 11, 2016 Rochelle rated it it was amazing
Difficult to put into words what this book has done. In a virtuoso paradox of economy and profound depth, Schwarz-Bart fit all of the world's oceans into a thimble. Could not put it down. Wept and wept for the loss of innocence and its preservation.
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André Schwarz-Bart (May 28, 1928, Metz, Moselle - September 30, 2006, Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe) was a French novelist of Polish-Jewish origins.

Schwarz-Bart is best known for his novel The Last of the Just (originally published as Le Dernier des justes). The book, which traces the story of a Jewish family from the time of the Crusades to the gas chambers of Auschwitz, earned Schwarz-Bart the Prix
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