It is the spring of 1939. In months Europe will be Hitler's, and Badenheim, a resort town vaguely in the orbit of Vienna, is preparing for its annual summer season. Soon the vacationers arrive, as they always have, a sample of Jewish middle-class life. The story unfolds as a matter-of-factly as a Chekhov play, its characters so deeply held by their defensive trivia that th...more
There is a fair whiff of Kafka in Appelfeld's restrained prose, and the incongruity of the characters’ struggle to maintain (simulate?) normality against the intimations of the approaching catastrophe. Although the reader has no choice but factor in the impending Holocaust as both the his ...more
The people in the resort initially thought they were pretty damn lucky. They were able to remain at their favorite resort for free! Authorities brought in cases of food, medications and other necessities and the ' ...more
With that salvo fired, let me say that this book is a bit ...more
Badenheim is a resort town somewhere in Austria where Jews go to vacation. It is known for its arts, poetry readings and for its music festival which is headed by one Dr. Pappenheim. He has been busy trying to get musicians from Vienna to come to Badenheim to participate in ...more
yazım dilini çok beğendim. kitabın kısa olması , sıkmaması bence artı puan kazandırdı yazara.
La lettura della prima pagina mi ha irritata: frasi cortissime, periodi semplici: soggetto, predicato verbale, punto. Una sensazione di interruzione continua.
Ho pensato Se tutto cos saranno le centoquarantuno pagine pi lunghe della storia!, poi per fortuna la narrazione (ed io con lei) ha preso respiro ed partita la storia.
Una storia semplice, ma mai chiara, come avvolta dalla foschia, da un velo che spostandosi, o dissolv ...more
Let's say this is a genre that just isn't to my taste, however well Appelfeld probably succeeds in what he's trying to do in that genre.
Things not said, and general oddness, throughout the two thirds that I did read.
Beside this, I felt like the novel lacked a proper climax and conflict resolution. But the Kafkian situation makes up for this slight miss.