Aharon Appelfeld Unto the Soul

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Unto the Soul

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In turn of the century Eastern Europe, a brother and sister have been chosen to guard an ancient cemetery of Jewish martyrs situated on an isolated mountain. The endless snows protect them from the pogroms and plagues that rage in the world below, but that same protective blanket cuts them off from their people and tradition. Escape--from loneliness, from wavering piety, and from the burgeoning desire they feel for one another--becomes impossible.

A parable for our times, by the writer whom Irving Howe called "one of the best novelists alive," Unto the Soul lays bare the deepest stirrings of religious feeling and despair within the human soul.
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"Reconfirms the widespread view that he is one of the most subtle, uncompromising, and concentrated stylists of contemporary prose fiction."
--Houston Chronicle

"Appelfeld is one of the greatest writers of the age."
--The Guardian (London)

"Neither dark nor light, its melancholy sweetened by the author's purpose, Unto the Soul lingers like an intimate memory."
--The Washington Post

About the Author:

Aharon Appelfeld is the author of eleven internationally acclaimed novels, including The Iron Tracks, Badenheim 1939, The Age of Wonders, and The Retreat. He lives in Jerusalem, Israel.


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Book Description Random House, Westminster, Maryland, U.S.A., 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. From Kirkus Reviews: Gad and Amalia, adult brother and sister, have been entrusted by their dead Uncle Arieih to maintain the cemetery of the martyrs high up on a Ruthenian mountain, far from the populated towns of the plain beneath. The physical isolation and lack of human contact work in them to the point of alcoholism and family incest--but these come less as a torture of remorse than as sins that at least have some juice in them, something to sustain the couple's arid, thankless lives. Both Gad and Amalia nevertheless are racked with guilt over their lust, possessiveness, and, in Gad's case, inability to pray: to hold up the spiritual side of his bargain with the haunting place he so bitterly and hopelessly tries to keep sacrosanct. Written in the dry-bones allegorical style of Appelfeld's recent The Healer (1990), the novel has great patches of repetitive longueur and ends wobblingly--with typhus up from the valley unblocking the narrative dead-end of these two mostly frozen characters. Yet Appelfeld, as the most concentrated Hebrew allegorist since Agnon, needs to work this slowly: his story is a synoptic squint at the whole course of Jewish suffering; the mountain graveyard often seems like the state of Israel; and the loggerheads and small conciliations of Gad and Amalia present an aspect of awe-under-duress that doesn't let them be as particular and monstrous as the characters fear. Powerful--if hardly pleasant or shapely. --Copyright 1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. Book Description In turn of the century Eastern Europe, a brother and sister have been chosen to guard an ancient cemetery of Jewish martyrs situated on an isolated mountain. The endless snows protect them from the pogroms and plagues that rage in the world below, but that same protective blanket cuts them off from their people and tradition. Escape--from loneliness, from wavering piety, and from the burgeoning desire they feel for one another--becomes impossible. A parable for. Seller Inventory # 0002096

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