Aftershocks: Seven Stories

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David R. Godine Publishers, paperback, 205 x 140 mm. 192pp
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Grete Weil's novels The Bride Price and Last Trolley from Beethovenstraat have proved her experience in the Holocaust to be unique and highly personal. She was one of the very few German writers who lost family and friends to the camps and decided to return to Germany after the war to rebuild their lives.

In this collection of her best short fiction, the author looks beyond the loss of her loved ones and the effect of the era on her fellow Germans to its effects on those who had fled to apparent safety in California, New York, Paris, or even the forests of the Yucatan. Weil compares them to survivors of an atom-bomb blast, who live beyond the initial explosion and consider the worst to be over, only to later sicken and die. The fugitives' lives are damaged, even physically destroyed, by the aftershock - by their inability to shed the culture of the country from which they have fled, their intense memories of happier times, and by the constant intrusion of the ghosts of both victims and persecutors.

The author's acerbic but rigorously honest gaze spares no one, not even herself, as she once again challenges readers to take stock, to ask how to avoid any future infusion of victim's blood into what eventually will be called history.

'In her desire to bear witness to the Holocaust ... Weil wisely doesn't attempt to show us what it is like to be a victim or a murderer; [she] shows us what it is to be a bystander. And, as she delicately suggests, we are all bystanders to something' - Adam Kirsch, The Boston Phoenix

'Through spare, poignant vignettes, Weil appeals to our historical conscience and our shared sense of the pain of the Holocaust. [She] enables us to inhabit her characters' world ... with the emotional force of a visit to a concentration camp' - The Review of Contemporary Fiction.


SKU 9781567922820
Barcode # 9781567922820
Brand Godine
Artist / Author Grete WEIL

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