The Retreat

The Retreat

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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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  • Hardback | 164 pages
  • 121.92 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • Dutton Books
  • United States
  • English
  • 0525242376
  • 9780525242376

About Aharon Appelfeld

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