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Posted May 3, 2012
Pale Blue Ink in a Lady's Hand is one of those rare novels about those Central European bureaucracies whose science and horrors have made their way here—something like Kafka would write and thinking of Max Weber's worst fears. From what I can tell, Werfel and Kafka knew each other in Prague and, it seems, Werfel almost channels him here. The translator seems to miss this important facet and dwell on other things, like Werfel's stepdaughter Manon Gropius. But he's done a good job and has a lot of end notes with all kinds of arcana about this book. Something about the Vienna in this novel, too, will remind you of the spinelessness you see in Washington these days. Scary.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 2, 2012
An incredible novel about anti-Semitism that takes place between the world wars. The ending is incredible, like your face is pushed into the dirt of a child's grave, like one of those David Lynch scenes that go into the grass and spaces between the soil. The character Vera is something you have to see when she finally appears in the novel, which takes as long to read as Heart of Darkness, which, for some weird reason, I would compare this book to. And it is by the same guy who wrote The Song of Bernadette. He makes up for it here!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.