Aftershocks: Seven Stories

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567922820
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Guernica 3

Don't Touch Me 19

The House in the Desert 25

Little Sonja Rosenkranz 47

The Most Beautiful Spot in the World 59

Finish What You Started 65

And I? A Witness to Pain 103

Translator's Notes 109

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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    The war without end

    VE Day, May 7, 1945. Dancing in the streets. End of WWII in Europe. But it wasn't the end for the millions of survivors of the horrors of total war. These stories lend a more rounded picture to what wars continue when 'peace' is declared.

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