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Jan 20, 1998
| ISBN 9780805210965
Nov 02, 2016
| ISBN 9780805243482
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Jan 20, 1998 | ISBN 9780805210965
Nov 02, 2016 | ISBN 9780805243482
The year is 1937. On a remote hilltop some distance from Vienna stands a hotel called The Retreat. Founded by a man who is determined to cleanse himself and his guests of all "Jewish traits," it is a resort of assimilation, with daily activities that include lessons in how to look, talk, act–in short, how to pass–as a gentile. But with Hitler on the march, the possibilities of both assimilation and retreat are quickly fading for the hotel’s patrons, men and women who are necessarily–and horrifically–blind to their fate. Mordant, shrewd, and elegantly written, The Retreat is a moving story of people forbidden to retreat from themselves, by the writer whom Irving Howe called "one of the best novelists alive."
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… More about Aharon Appelfeld
“Appelfeld in one of the greatest writers of the age.”—The Guardian (London)“With his stark, swift prose, Appelfeld creates a vision that is both disturbing and elegiac . . . a devastating new classic in Holocause literature.”—Vogue
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