Following the Nazi occupation of Prague, Josef Roubick, an ordinary ex-bank clerk, finds his whole world rendered extraordinary. Overnight he changes from being a simple Czech citizen to being a hunted Jew. "Life With a Star" relates Josef's life under the Holocaust.
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Without a doubt, one of the outstanding novels I've read about the fate of a Jew and the Jews under the Nazis. I don't really know of one like it. --Philip Roth
An astonishing work of fiction . . . Jiri Weil's sophisticated, modernist, human imagination has made the dark horror of the Holocaust into an occasion of enlightenment. --New Yorker
A unique and deeply moving book, filled with echoes of Kafka and hints of Kundera and Skvorecky. --Observer
Jiri Weil was a major Czech writer in the 1930s but is most widely known today of his two postwar works LIFE WITH A STAR and MENDELSOHN IS ON THE ROOF. In 1942 he was summoned for transport to a concentration camp with the rest of Prague Jewry but managed to escape and hide for the duration of the war. He died in Prague in 1959.
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