Drohobycz, Drohobycz and Other Stories: True Tales from the Holocaust and Life After

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One of our most highly regarded Polish writers, Henryk Grynberg, here delivers thirteen authentic tales of the Holocaust, including the riveting title story, which reconstructs the assassination of the celebrated writer and artist Bruno Schulz. In each of these stories, it is not only the devastation of the Holocaust that resonates so clearly, but also the trauma that endures among its victims and survivors today. Going beyond individual crime and punishment, Grynberg explores collective guilt and the impunity of...

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Overview

One of our most highly regarded Polish writers, Henryk Grynberg, here delivers thirteen authentic tales of the Holocaust, including the riveting title story, which reconstructs the assassination of the celebrated writer and artist Bruno Schulz. In each of these stories, it is not only the devastation of the Holocaust that resonates so clearly, but also the trauma that endures among its victims and survivors today. Going beyond individual crime and punishment, Grynberg explores collective guilt and the impunity of the twentieth century's two most genocidal political systems-Nazi Germany and Stalinist Soviet Union-in a profound investigation of bravery, baseness, and vulnerability.

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The ordeal of Europe's Jews during and following WWII is anatomized in this chilling collection of 13 richly developed stories by the Polish author of Children of Zion (1997), himself a Holocaust survivor. Their several narrators recount with subdued (though evident) emotion the histories of their own families and neighbors in Poland and elsewhere, under Nazi occupation and Stalinist attack, in forced-labor camps, and as DPs years afterward. There is inevitable repetition, because Grynberg seems understandably compelled to remember (indeed, to list) the names and personal histories of dozens of victims and survivors. Standout entries include the litany-like title story, whose atrocities include the murder of Polish writer Bruno Schulz; a bitter dramatization of the powerlessness of religious faith ("A Pact with God"); and the ironic chronicle of the extended experience of oppression, concealment, and compromise of "A Family." Grynberg's spare prose renders the unthinkable with flinty terseness ("Everybody in my father's family perished because of informers"), and fills this lovely, grief-laden book with unforgettable images ("the neverending wailing of children"-in the Warsaw Ghetto; "a woman in a burning dress with a child in her arms"). A masterly, indispensable work.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780142001653
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Henryk Grynberg is the author of twenty-five works of fiction, poetry, essays, and drama, and has been the recipient of many Polish literary prizes. After surviving the Holocaust, he sought refuge in the United States because of Poland's anti-Semitic campaign and censorship of his writing.

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Table of Contents

I Drohobycz, Drohobycz... 1
II Escape from Boryslaw 49
III Without a Trace 58
IV A Brother in Volhynia 73
V Elgena 87
VI A Hungarian Sketch 106
VII I Am from Auschwitz 123
VIII A Mass for Us All 143
IX Blue-Eyed Maria 166
X A Family Sketch 193
XI A Pact with God 204
XII Cousin Benito 219
XIII A Family 234
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