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A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg
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Feb 24, 2015 | ISBN 9781590516072

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**Winner of France’s 2014 Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger **
**Winner of Sweden’s 2012 August Prize **
“An affecting book, a son’s letter to his father asking for knowledge—lyrically rendered… It is impossible to read this enormously touching work without contemplating the present day.”
“Beautifully wrought… Written with tender precision…”
“Rosenberg wields deep research and literary empathy in writing about the horrors his parents had lived through before he was born.”
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz is a touching tribute to a man for whom the paradox of ‘individual repression and collective remembrance’ was simply too much to bear.” —TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT 

“I can’t think of a second-generation work that is equal to A Brief Stop. It’s a towering and wondrous work about memory and experience, exquisitely crafted, beautifully written, humane, generous, devastating, yet somehow also hopeful.”
“A compelling and poetic reflection on what it took to escape and survive the aftermath of human extinction…This may be a grim subject but it’s not a grim book, just a perfectly touching and revelatory read…”

“A profoundly moving act of remembering, but also a searing investigation of complicity, guilt and shame. Brilliantly and lethally done.”
“This brilliant, touching and heart-wrenching story… is my book of the year by some distance.”
“This exquisitely wrought book is, among other things, a meditation on the workings of memory and history in one man’s life.”
“[A] chiaroscuro composed of more shade than light but one that manages to be all the more revealing because of it. Rosenberg floors us with a shock conclusion and provides us with a wealth of insight on the way to it.” 

“[A]t once remarkable testimony and remarkable literature…Brimming with duty-bound love but inescapably tragic at its core, A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz is a tour de force fully on par with Primo Levi’s “If This Is a Man” and other literary classics of the Holocaust.” 

“Destined to become a classic…Göran Rosenberg has written a calm yet passionate account of events after Auschwitz, a memoir that should be read by anyone who ponders the infinite questions of good and evil…With A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz, Rosenberg has not only given us a necessary book but, by confronting unspeakable sorrow with courage and reason, he has created a masterpiece marked by great intelligence and equally great emotional intensity.” 

“Moving and unflinchingly honest…[Rosenberg’s] story will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book.” 

“Wonderful, incisive…  A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ—part history, part memoir, part essay on the meaning of survival—insists that the Holocaust didn’t end in 1945. The book challenges the powerful redemptive narrative offered by even official histories.”
“Understated, yet heart-wrenchingly poignant…Rosenberg’s story is utterly unforgettable…It is a chilling reminder of how  the consequences of war long outlived the ceasefire, leaving indelible marks on family life in the decades that followed.”
“A searing survivor’s tale told by a son… A deeply felt story and a sobering reminder of the long shadows of the Holocaust.”

“There is no easy Holocaust book. This one, with its bolstering photographs and its intensely personal aspect, is brilliantly sorrowful. The son’s pilgrimage, augmented by research, quotes, and memories, is a hard road to walk, just as the original journey was for his father, in particular.”
“Artfully constructed…poignant, but not sentimental…[m]ore than mere reportage, this book is also a venture into the darkest places of the human spirit.” 
“Rosenberg’s book left me stricken with sorrow—and overwhelmed with grateful wonder. I know of no book that tells the story so forcefully of how, for those who survived Auschwitz, even this experience had to be treated as a single episode in the course of a full life, regardless of the camp’s malignant persistence at the heart of identity. With its hypnotic, propulsive sentences—its ruthless disavowal of sentiment, and its inspiring filial compassion—A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz manages to make the concentration camp story feel absolutely new again—vivid, shocking, and an urgent call upon our powers of empathy for the world today.”
—George Prochnik, author of The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World

“‘Every road from Auschwitz is an individual miracle unto itself,’ writes Goran Rosenberg, and in this gripping and poetic memoir he imagines his way into the dark miracle of his own father’s experiences during and after the Holocaust. Born in peaceful Sweden, Rosenberg tries to make sense of the history that allowed him to grow up there, years after his father had suffered through the horrors of the Lodz ghetto and the concentration camps. From its lyrical opening pages to its shocking conclusion, A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz is an unforgettable book about memory, grief, and fate.”
Adam Kirsch, Former Senior Editor at The New Republic and columnist for Tablet

“Subtle, chilling, and utterly absorbing, Goran Rosenberg’s memoir is also an excavation of a grueling post-war, too often hidden from history.  With a novelist’s instinct, Rosenberg travels amongst truths that want to be forgotten—in Poland, in Germany and in Sweden. This is a masterly and moving book that brings the great Sebald to mind.”
—Lisa Appignanesi, author of Losing the Dead

Author Essay

Long ago I promised myself never to publish a book that deals directly with the Holocaust. I follow Adorno’s advice that there are certain topics we can’t talk about because they are ultimately beyond words. I was therefore amazed when after starting to read—with some trepidation—A Brief Stop on the Road From Auschwitz. I realized that what I was reading was an incredible testimony not of what occurred in the camps—this section is rendered with total impersonal sobriety—but what happens afterwards to a family determined to make a success of their lives after having endured the worst. Göran ‘s writing is electric. I read this story literally in two sittings, as if in a trance. This is a book ultimately about the anatomy of dignity, and the deep love and gratitude of a son for the values his father left behind.  You will be a different person after you read this book. 

—Judith Gurewich, Publisher

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