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ISBN-13: 9780805211986
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/07/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.81(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

AHARON APPELFELD is the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including The Iron Tracks, Until the Dawn's Light (both winners of the National Jewish Book Award), The Story of a Life (winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger), and Badenheim 1939. Other honors he has received include the Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Prize, the Nelly Sachs Prize, the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, and the MLA Commonwealth Award. Blooms of Darkness won the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize in 2012 and was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013. Born in Czernowitz, Bukovina (now part of Ukraine), in 1932, he died in Israel in 2018.

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Katerina 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Hey, I was told to tell you, to go to 'Katerin's wish', I think thats where she told me to tell you to go, okay?"
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Sixty-three years ago then teenager Katerina left her Ukraine village because her father¿s mountain of a second wife makes her uncomfortable with her demands and she fears the changes in her father since her mom died. She travels to Poland where she obtains work as a housekeeper to different Jewish families. Katerina finds her hosts treat her with respect and kindness unlike her own blood she is horrified with how the non-Jewish Poles mistreat her employers even getting away with murder. --- When her son, raised Jewish, is killed, she knifes his murderer. Of course killing a Jew is not necessarily a crime, but killing the killer is so Katerina spends the next four decades incarcerated. She is shocked during World War II when her fellow prisoners gleefully applaud the transporting of the Jews to concentration camps. When the war ends, Katerina is freed and returns to her Ukraine family farm knowing no Jews live in Europe except those from her memories occupying a major place in her heart and soul as she writes her life¿s lament while closing in on her eightieth birthday. --- KATERINA is a terrific insightful look at a woman who believes one must never forget those you love martyred in your soul by a world filled with morally always right killers. The sad Katerina knows first hand that intolerance and prejudice in any form murders even the innocent. Aharon Appelfeld provides a strong poignant reflection on life and death. --- Harriet Klausner