The Oppermanns

The Oppermanns

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by Lion Feuchtwanger
     
 

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First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this prescient novel strives to awaken an often unsuspecting, sometimes politically naive, or…  See more details below

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First published in 1934 but fully imagining the future of Germany over the ensuing years, The Oppermanns tells the compelling story of a remarkable German Jewish family confronted by Hitler's rise to power. Compared to works by Voltaire and Zola on its original publication, this prescient novel strives to awaken an often unsuspecting, sometimes politically naive, or else willfully blind world to the consequences of its stance in the face of national events -- in this case, the rising tide of Nazism in 1930s Germany. The past and future meet in the saga of the Oppermanns, for three generations a family commercially well established in Berlin. In assimilated citizens like them, the emancipated Jew in Germany has become a fact. In a Berlin inhabited by troops in brown shirts, however, the Oppermanns have more to fear than an alien discomfort. For along with the swastikas and fascist salutes come discrimination, deceit, betrayal, and a tragedy that history has proved to be as true as this novel's astonishing, profoundly moving tale.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This competent collection of 18 horror stories by the standard-bearers of the genre spans 138 years and represents the results of a poll taken of horror fiction readers and writers at the World Fantasy Conventions in 1981 and 1982. Edgar Allan Poe's classic ``The Fall of the House of Usher'' is followed by ``Green Tea,'' authored by his contemporary, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, who is credited with transforming the figure of the ghost from a moral avenger into a malevolent spirit. Stories by Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Fritz Lieber Jr., Harlan Ellison, Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury examine social and individual concerns while tingling the spine. The last piece in the collection is ``The Reach,'' a tingling ghost story by Stephen King, written in 1981. (Aug.)
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Anthology of classic work, from Poe and LeFanu up to Stephen King. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780786708802
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/12/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
438,671
Product dimensions:
0.96(w) x 5.50(h) x 8.50(d)

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Oppermanns 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book several years ago for a comparative literature class in college and it remains to be one of my favorite books.
Powerful, thought-provoking and moving.