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The Woman from Hamburg: and Other True Stories

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
In twelve nonfiction tales, Hanna Krall reveals how the lives of World War II survivors are shaped in surprising ways by the twists and turns of historical events. A paralytic Jewish woman starts walking after her husband is suffocated by fellow Jews afraid that his coughing would reveal their hiding place to the Germans. A young American man refuses to let go of the ghost ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 17th 2006 by Other Press (first published 2005)
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Lis
Jun 05, 2011 Lis rated it liked it
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The writing style is not what I'd normally enjoy, but it worked as far as being a collection of stories you may hear from someone that has something to say not because they studied or read, but because they lived through it. There were a couple quotes that explained the style for me:
"My work as a reporter has taught me that logical stories, without riddles and holes in them, in which everything is obvious, tend to be untrue."
Directed tot he person whose story she is telling: "You yourself know h
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Jun 03, 2016 Harriet Lobascio rated it really liked it
Interesting take on Holocaust issues/stories reaching to the end of the 20th century. The translation at times was questionable, but understandable. Worth the read for the insight into what these innocent people went through.
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Jun 19, 2009 Paul rated it really liked it
A superb exercise in Eastern European irony: parables, reportage masquerading as fabulism, tales too heartbreaking to be fictive. Two or three masterpieces in here.
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Urodziła się w Warszawie w rodzinie żydowskiej. Podczas II wojny światowej zginęło wielu członków jej najbliższej rodziny. Wojnę przeżyła tylko dlatego, że była ukrywana przed Niemcami. Cudem została ocalona w czasie transportu do getta. Holocaust i losy Żydów polskich z czasem stały się głównym tematem jej twórczości.

Od 1955 r. pracowała w redakcji "Życia Warszawy", od 1966 r. w "Polityce", które
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