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Kith and Kin

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This amusing family chronicle, actually a memoir thinly disguised as fiction, begins with the marriage of Kaminski's maternal grandparents and ends with his own birth in 1923. The foibles of Leo Rosenbach and his shrewish wife are ironically and unsparingly portrayed; Malva, their daughter, an independent girl with socialist leanings who becomes one of the first women Vien ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published August 28th 1988 by Fromm International (first published 1986)
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I read it once years ago, and just reread it. Funny and wise portrayal of the ups and downs of two families' lives before and during the Russian revolution, spread across three continents and many more countries and languages.
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André Kaminski war der Sohn eines aus Polen stammenden jüdischen Psychiaters. Er wuchs in Zürich auf und studierte Geschichte an den Universitäten in Genf und Zürich. 1947 promovierte er in Zürich mit einer Arbeit zur Kirchengeschichte, die anschließende Habilitation erfolgte über ein Thema der Agrargeschichte. Seine Stelle als Privatdozent an der Universität Genf gab Kaminski 1950 auf und ging al ...more
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