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Appelfeld, Aharaon.

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ISBN 10: 0525242376 / ISBN 13: 9780525242376
Published by NY: EP Dutton, (1984), 1984
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FIRST EDITION. FINE in very lightly worn dustjacket. Translated by Dalya Bilu, 164 pages, boards. Novel about the assimilated Jews of central Europe on the brink of a Holocaust they cannot believe will take place. Bookseller Inventory # 06793

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Publisher: NY: EP Dutton, (1984)

Publication Date: 1984

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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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."

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"A small masterpiece, the vision of a remarkable poet."
--New York Times Book Review

"Appelfeld is 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 Holocaust literature."

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