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ISBN-10: 1635420504
ISBN-13: 9781635420500
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publish Date: 08/04/2020
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.20" W, 0.70" H

When Memory Comes: The Classic Memoir

Introduction by: Claire Messud
Translator: Helen R Lane

Paperback

Price: $15.99

Overview

A classic of Holocaust literature, the eloquent, acclaimed memoir of childhood by a Pulitzer-winning historian, now reissued with a new introduction by Claire Messud

Four months before Hitler came to power, Saul Friedländer was born in Prague to a middle-class Jewish family. In 1939, seven-year-old Saul and his family were forced to flee to France, where they lived through the German Occupation, until his parents’ ill-fated attempt to flee to Switzerland. They were able to hide their son in a Roman Catholic seminary before being sent to Auschwitz where they were killed. After an imposed religious conversion, young Saul began training for priesthood. The birth of Israel prompted his discovery of his Jewish past and his true identity.

Friedländer brings his story movingly to life, shifting between his Israeli present and his European past with grace and restraint. His keen eye spares nothing, not even himself, as he explores the ways in which the loss of his parents, his conversion to Catholicism, and his deep-seated Jewish roots combined to shape him into the man he is today. Friedländer’s retrospective view of his journey of grief and self-discovery provides readers with a rare experience: a memoir of feeling with intellectual backbone, in equal measure tender and insightful.

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Reviews
"Friedländer undertakes an evocative journey into his past that is likely to leave many a reader shaken." –New York Times Book Review

"[When Memory Comes] is a small classic of Holocaust literature." –The Guardian (US)

"A beautifully written (and beautifully translated) memoir of a tragic childhood." –The New Yorker

"The most remarkable feature of When Memory Comes is its composure, an elegance that is unnerving. Friedländer describes his experiences in lean, graceful sentences; his language seems armored against the dissolution it describes." –New York Review of Books

"When Memory Comes retains the very texture of recollection in a literary style characterized by tact and elegance." –Wall Street Journal

"When Memory Comes is a quiet and deeply affecting masterpiece." –The Nation

"When Memory Comes is a small masterpiece in the literature of the Holocaust." –Tablet Magazine

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Details

ISBN-10: 1635420504
ISBN-13: 9781635420500
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publish Date: 08/04/2020
Dimensions: 7.90" L, 5.20" W, 0.70" H
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