The Lost World of Unspoken Horrors

Aharon Appelfeld’s Holocaust Universe

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By Dvir Abramovich
Format Paperback / softback
Page Extent 96
Book Size 234 x 156 x 160 mm (H x W x D)
Imprint Hybrid Publishing
Release Date 6 Mar 2024
Subject Classification Religion & beliefs / Judaism
This volume offers a close reading of five novels by Aharon Appelfeld (1982-2018), Israel’s most celebrated Shoah author. Fuelled by a desire to introduce this literary giant to foreign language readers, this illuminating collection of essays is a tribute to a prolific writer who, for more than four decades, won international acclaim for his subtle and enigmatic novels, which shimmer with premonitions of the unimaginable horror to come. Overflowing with lucid insights, this deeply reflective study demonstrates how Appelfeld’s stories, usually set in the years immediately before and after the destruction of European Jewry, transform memory into fiction and encase within their midst unfathomable depths in the search for meaning and healing.

Dvir Abramovich

Dr Dvir Abramovich is the Israel Kipen Director of the Program in Jewish Culture & Society at the University of Melbourne and Chair of the Anti-Defamation Commission. He was President of the Australian Association of Jewish Studies and editor of the Australian Journal of Jewish studies. Dr Abramovich has published widely in the area of Israeli and Jewish culture and literature and is considered the country’s leading spokesperson on antisemitism. He is the author of eight books.