Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Aharon Appelfeld

A new book by the Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld, Blooms of Darkness, was published last month:

I have not yet read it, but expect to do so soon.

Appelfeld is an extraordinary writer. While his current work is situated during the Holocaust, his novels often take place as the Holocaust is approaching, or take place in its aftermath.

Says Philip Roth: “Aharon Appelfeld is fiction’s foremost chronicler of the Holocaust. The stories he tells, as here in Blooms of Darkness, are small, intimate, and quietly narrated and yet are transfused into searing works of art by Appelfeld’s profound understanding of loss, pain, cruelty, and grief.”

Here is a link to one of Appelfeld’s best known works, Badenheim 1939.