The Unloved: From the Diary of Perla S. / Edition 1

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Overview

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction

Perla S. is a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl who, while interred in the Theresienstadt concentration camp, becomes a prostitute. Capturing Perla's voice through a series of diary entries, Arnost Lustig shows how she maintains her integrity, honesty, and hope amidst lies and horror. This first paperback edition has been extensively revised and expanded by the author.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Lustig, himself a Holocaust survivor, writes of a teenage girl's experiences in a concentration camp in this extensively revised edition of a novel first published in 1979. Oct.
Library Journal
In 1943, in the model concentration camp at Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia, which the Nazis used to show international observers their "humane" treatment of the Jews, 17-year-old Perla has managed to escape the regular deportations to the death camps of Poland by offering her sexual favors to, among others, the Jewish head of the Council of Elders, who removes her card from the central registry whenever he knows a deportation list is being prepared. In this weirdly normal world where cafs are crowded and soccer matches are held, the specter of disappearance and death cause Perla and her friends to ruminate on the meaning of human existence, including love, hate, sex, integrity, generational relationships, and more. Lustig Dita Daxova, LJ 7/79, himself a survivor of several camps, including Theresienstadt, revised and expanded this work since its 1985 publication. For all literary collections.Michael T. O'Pecko, Towson State Univ., Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810113473
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 10/7/1996
  • Series: Jewish Lives Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arnošt Lustig (Czech pronunciation: [ˈarnoʃt ˈlustɪk]) (21 December 1926 – 26 February 2011) was a renowned Czech Jewish author of novels, short stories, plays, and screenplays whose works have often involved the Holocaust. Lustig was born in Prague. As a Jewish boy in Czechoslovakia during World War II, he was sent in 1942 to the Theresienstadt concentration camp, from where he was later transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, followed by time in the Buchenwald concentration camp. In 1945, he escaped from a train carrying him to the Dachau concentration camp when the engine was mistakenly destroyed by an American fighter-bomber. He returned to Prague in time to take part in the May 1945 anti-Nazi uprising. After the war, he studied journalism at Charles University in Prague and then worked for a number of years at Radio Prague.

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