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Burned Child Seeks the Fire

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
[A] searing memoir. . . . An enduring, indeed universal, story.
Robert Taylor, The Boston Globe

Summoned with her mother to Gestapo headquarters in 1943, fourteen-year-old Cordelia Edvardson was given a terrible choice: to acknowledge her secret Jewish heritage and suffer the consequences or to see her mother charged with treason. Burned Child Seeks the Fire is the true sto
Paperback, 106 pages
Published June 1st 1997 by Beacon Press (first published 1984)
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Eva Leger
I've never read a book from a Holocaust survivor quite like this. It's very different from anything I've read, the way it's written, the words used, etc. I'm still not sure I exactly liked the style of writing but I am happy I read it - I'm happy for the experience.
This Holocaust memoir is written differently from any other I've read. It's not in chronological order and a lot of times what's going on isn't really clear. It's a series of images, some of them foggy, some of them mixed up, from the author's childhood and adolescence. It's much more literary than a lot of Holocaust memoirs. Edvardson's mother was a novelist and according to the dust jacket, she herself has written other books.

Cordelia Edvardson was the illegitimate daughter of a married Jewish
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Not another Holocaust book - this book is about a girl who grows up knowing little about her family, has never met her father - but knows she is different and does not "fit in" with her surroundings or her family. Fast forward to the girl at age 14, living in Berlin, and finding that her biological father was Jewish and she will therefore be sent to a concentration camp. Which is what happens after her mother makes some rather feeble and ineffective efforts - I thought - to save her. Having surv ...more
Powerful, but too dark, about the holocaust, difficult to follow.
Ashley Blinkhorn
Too abstract for me... It didn't flow the way I wanted it to.
Sicherlich wichtig, aber mit dem Stil konnte ich mich nicht anfreunden.
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