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The Seventh Well

The Seventh Well

Paperback Language: German

By (author) Fred Wander, Translated by Michael Hofmann

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  • Publisher: GRANTA BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Language: German
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 131g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847080677
  • ISBN 13: 9781847080677
  • Sales rank: 607,546

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Fred Wander, the son of poor Jewish immigrants in Vienna, was deported to Auschwitz in 1942. For twenty-five years, he kept the memories of his fellow inmates in his head, but after the tragic death of his young daughter their voices poured forth. Published in East Germany in 1971, "The Seventh Well" finally appears in English in this masterful translation.

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FRED WANDER was born in Vienna in 1916. He survived Auschwitz, Buchenwald and several other concentration camps. In 1955, he moved to the GDR to study at the Literature Institute in Leipzig, returning to Vienna in 1980. He received the Theodor Kramer Prize in 2003. Fred Wander died in 2006.MICHAEL HOFMANN is the highly acclaimed translator of Joseph Roth, Wolfgang Koeppen, Kafka and Brecht and the author of several books of poems and a book of criticism. He lives in London and Hamburg.

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'Of all the accounts I have read of survival in the Nazi lager ... few approach Wander's for the quality of its writing or its civilised mission to bear witness. The book's limpid, clean-cut narrative creates an extraordinary sense of communion and intimacy with the reader. Exquisitely translated by Michael Hofmann, The Seventh Well is not a memoir; it is a work of art' Ian Thomson, Guardian 'Prose of spectacular, often Biblical beauty ... It is beautiful and strange; rich in those moments, those passing observations of joy as well as horror, that cause the reader to stop and grasp that this is what it was like to wander through hell - and then survive carrying a powerful clutch of stories' Eileen Battersby, Irish Times 'The Seventh Well by Fred Wander, translated by Michael Hofmann, is that book which makes the world tilt on its axis; it makes you say: Oh, now I see ...!A" It made me glad that, for once in my life, I'd been forced to do something I didn't want to' Julie Burchill, Observer 'It is extraordinary that it has taken almost four decades for a book of such undeniable importance to finally be published in English ... Like all great Holocaust writing, The Seventh Well is a book of powerful testimony and defiance' Herald