Set in Paris, this prize-winning novel depicts a young Jewish boy's conflict when he is confronted by two contrasting worlds after the war. His parents rededicate themselves to their faith whilst his influences are cafe conversations, fervent intellectual discussions, laughter and love.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
In this sensitive and tasteful novel, which received both the Prix Hermes and the Prix Bonardi, a post-Holocaust Parisian Jew sullenly withdraws from his Jewish identity. When the novel ends in 1967, this Nanterre student has made a pilgrimage to his family's old village in Romania (Elie Wiesel's Sighet) with his Gentile girlfriend and has completed his annual visit to his surrogate parents in Tel Aviv. He is on the brink of a decision: can he assimilate on his terms alone or will he, like his fanatical father and abused mother, inescapably become a caretaker, too? Henry's fine translation inconspicuously explains the Jewish terminology to non-Jewish readers. Marilyn Gaddis Rose, SUNY at Binghamton
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140108394