Aharon Appelfeld

Aharon Appelfeld, 1932–2018, Israeli novelist, b. Cernauţi (Czernowitz), Romania (now Chernivtsi, Ukraine). His mother was killed during the Holocaust, and he and his father were sent to a concentration camp. Appelfeld escaped at the age of eight, hid in Ukrainian forests, and later worked in Red Army field kitchens before immigrating to Palestine in 1947. After fighting in the war that followed Israel's independence, he attended Hebrew Univ., his first formal education since the first grade. He taught at several universities, and wrote more than 40 works of fiction and nonfiction.

Appelfeld, who wrote more than 40 books, all in Hebrew, was haunted by the Holocaust, but he hardly ever wrote about the camp experience, instead concentrating on the event's historical margins. Typical of Appelfeld's work is his novel, Badenheim 1939 (1975, tr. 1980), which details the agreeable Austrian vacation of a Jewish family as they ignore the portents of impending tragedy. Among his other translated novels are The Age of Wonders (1978, tr. 1981), Tzili (1982, tr. 1983), To the Land of the Cattails (tr. 1986), Katerina (1989, tr. 1992), Iron Tracks (1991, tr. 1998), Laish (1994, tr. 2009), Until the Dawn's Light (1995, tr. 2011), The Conversion (1998, tr. 1999), Suddenly, Love (2003, tr. 2014), Blooms of Darkness (2006, tr. 2010), and The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping (2010, tr. 2017).

See his Beyond Despair: Three Lectures and a Conversation with Philip Roth (1994) and his memoir The Story of a Life (2004); studies by G. Ramras-Rauch (1994), Y. Shvarts (2001), and M. Brown, ed. (2002).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Aharon Appelfeld: Selected full-text books and articles

The Age of Wonders By Aharon Appelfeld; Dalya Bilu D.R. Godine, 1981
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The Kafka Connection By Appelfeld, Aharon The New Yorker, Vol. 77, No. 20, July 23, 2001
Is the World Too Much with Us? By Sainer, Arthur Midstream, Vol. 52, No. 3, May-June 2006
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