Aftershocks : Stories

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Seven short allegorical tales of characters coping to live in the aftershock of the Holocaust. Grete Weil compares them to survivors of an atom-bomb blast, who live beyond the initial explosion and consider the worst to be over, only to later sicken and die. The survivors' lives are damaged, even physically destroyed, by the aftershock --by their inability to shed the culture of the country from which they have fled, their intense memories of happier times, and by the constant intrusion of the ghosts of both victims and persecutors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 113 pages
  • 135 x 213 x 10mm | 181g
  • Lincoln, United States
  • English
  • 1567922821
  • 9781567922820
  • 1,942,288

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Praise for Aftershocks: Seven Stories

"In her desire to bear witness to the Holocaust...Weil wisely doesn't attempt to show us what it is like to be a victim or a murder; she shows us what it is to be a bystander. And, as she delicately suggests, we are all bystanders to something."--Adam Kirsch, The Boston Phoenix

"Through spare, poignant vignettes, Weil appeals to our historical conscience and our shared sense of the pain of the Holocaust. She enables us to inhabit her characters' world...with the emotional force of a visit to a concentration camp."--The Review of Contemporary Fiction
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About Grete Weil

Grete Weil was born in Munich in 1906, the daughter of a Jewish lawyer. When the Nazis came to power, she emigrated to Holland with her husband, the playwright and director Erich Weil. In 1941, Erich was arrested; he later died in a concentration camp. Grete went into hiding, and it was then that she began to write, first theater pieces, then fiction. After the war, she returned to Germany, and eventually settled near her native Munich, where she lived from 1947 until her death, at age 93, in 1996. She was the author of five novels, a memoir, and several collections of short fiction. The original German edition of Aftershocks was first published in Zurich in 1992.
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