Erwin ha diciassette anni. Alla fine della guerra si ritrova, dopo lunghe peregrinazioni per l'Europa, a Napoli, insieme a un gruppo di rifugiati come lui. Ha perso tutto: padre, madre, lingua, rapporti famigliari. L'unico modo per dimenticare l'orrore che ha vissuto, per lui, è dormire, rifugiarsi nel sonno. Dormire per Erwin non è una fuga, ma un tuffo nel cuore della verità. Nel sonno può ritrovare la famiglia che non c'è più, sognare di avere ancora una vita come prima che tutto crollasse... Eppure Erwin non è fragile. Riesce a seguire un durissimo allenamento fisico, quasi militare, sotto la guida del responsabile del campo, e a imparare l'ebraico. Erwin infatti, come gli altri ragazzi che sono con lui, verrà portato in Israele, per poter iniziare una nuova vita. E quando viene il momento, si imbarcano tutti clandestinamente (la Palestina è ancora sotto protettorato britannico). Erwin, come i suoi compagni, decide di cambiare nome, per segnare un nuovo inizio. Da questo momento si chiamerà Aharon...
- ISBN: 8860887674
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 304
This novel is a beautifully rendered story of a young Holocaust survivor who tries to reconcile his painful past through the "subterranean" life he lives while sleeping. Hovering on the edge of allegory (yet not quite an allegory), this novel has two distinct strands: the young man's everyday life a Leggi tutto
I get the premise of this book. Somehow it felt flat. Two dimensional. Erwin annoyed me somehow. And the pacing was enough to put me to sleep. I felt for the other characters more and was silently cheering them on. Then there was the ending which felt so abrupt. This is just my opinion and I know ot Leggi tutto
I really enjoyed the writing style of this book - I found it similar to "the buried giant" by Ishiguro I liked the way the story unfolded but found it a little slow in the middle
This beautifully poignant novel (loosely autobiographical, certainly) blew me away with its portrayal of the two conflicting worlds of teenaged Holocaust survivor, Erwin. The author presented with such sensitivity the inner world of Erwin's pain, his dreams, his guilt, and his urgent need to hold on Leggi tutto
Appelfeld died recently in his 90’s. He wrote about the Holocaust in all his novels. This book is about a young man after liberation and how he makes his way to Naples and then on to Israel. He is guided, in his mind, by his parents, predominately his mother, who encourages his every step.
Interesting read, a bit long towards the end. It's probably in the writing style, but it kind of felt very flat and I had trouble to focus on it.
I was particularly drawn in by some of the details of the book. For example, names. Holocaust survivors are urged to change their birth-given names to Hebrew ones. But Ephraim, the leader of the teenage boys, does not have to change *his* birth name, as he was born in the land and given a Hebrew nam Leggi tutto
I’m not sure how to review this book. It’s interesting and about the time period right after the Holocaust, which is not one I’ve read much about even though I would consider myself fairly well-read in Holocaust literature. I could see how this wouldn’t be the book for everyone because of the way th Leggi tutto
This book is so beautifully written, woven between cruel reality and dream-like beauty. It is easily one I will put on my list to read again and again.
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