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Childhood by Jona Oberski
Nov 25, 2014 | ISBN 9780143107415
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“A book which will shock every reader with a heart.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“Simple… terse… shattering.” —Harold Pinter, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“A dark fairy tale … of the fears and anguish of a child, based on experiences that could not be grasped by reason, irrational yet truly real.” —Heinrich Böll, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

“An astonishing book—memorable, piercing.  It reaches to the very soul.” —Chaim Potok

“Deserves to be widely read.” The New York Times Book Review

“A haunting jewel of a memoir that takes the holocaust a step beyond the tragic.” —Christian Science Monitor

“A haunting Holocaust autobiography.”—Atlanta Jewish Times

“A child sees the barbarities of an event such as the Holocaust not in terms of race and politics, but in the way a Martian would see them, as amazing and stupefying instances of the cruelty of man.  Jona Oberski conveys this amazement in an unembroidered and memorable way.” —Thomas Keneally, author of Schindler’s List

“This is a book that matters.  There is a purity in it which leaves you speechless, a humanity which gives you no rest.” —Die Zeit

“This is not the book of the year, but the book of this damned century.  Childhood is going to reach everyone and go on reaching people for generations to come.” —Allan Sillitoe, author of Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

“It will shock, move you to tears. . . . Admirably understated . . . haunting.” —Daily Mail

“Singular and powerful . . . There is no mawkish sentimentality here. . . . Childhood punches well above its weight, and everyone should read it.” —Historical Novel Society

“A rare achievement and a delight . . . It approaches perfection.” —Asylum

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