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
Slowly, the idyllic resort transforms into a sealed ghetto.
The guests are ignorant and in denial of the tragedy that is about to befall them, and fantasize about emigrating to Poland where a better future awaits them.
As I'm writing this, I realize what a strong premise this is. How can anyone foresee such an apocalyptic fate ?
Unfortunately, I didn't think ...more
Come pesci in bottiglia
Sono un po' perplessa da questo mio primo incontro con Aharon Appelfeld.
La lettura della prima pagina mi ha irritata: frasi cortissime, periodi semplici: soggetto, predicato verbale, punto. Una sensazione di interruzione continua.
Ho pensato «Se è tutto così saranno le centoquarantuno pagine più lunghe della storia!», poi per fortuna la narrazione (ed io con lei) ha preso respiro ed è partita la storia.
Una storia ...more
With that salvo fired, let me say that this book is a bit ...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
A, se citește fenomenal de repede (eu citind foarte lent de felul meu).
The book has a simple opening line, "Spring returned to Badenheim." On the face of it an occurrence that happens every year but the reader, with the benefit of history, suddenly begins to realise that this is not going to be an ordinary year. Spring, normally a time of rebi ...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.
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
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
And with this, one knows the outcome certainly -- altho' if you are a Millennial or are giving this book to a Millennial, we have learned recently how few will know the outcome.
The language is so rich. The characters so vividly written - I could feel their presence and wanted to take them away - to warn them away.
I wanted to hear their poetry read and their music played. I wanted to eat at the bakery.
Yes, read this. No ...more
Un libro controverso, ma sicuramente da consigliare.
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