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The Age of Wonders

The Age of Wonders

(1981)
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The secure world of a well-established and apparently perfectly assimilated Jewish writer living in an Austrian town before World War II, disintegrates under the force of political and social realities that daily sanctify the old and endemic Austrian anti-Semitism. We learn what we learn through Bruno, the thirteen-year-old son of the family, whose spare and uninflected account discloses the slow onset of disaster. His father, a successful Austrian intellectual, refuses the implications of what s happening and embraces the humiliating routines of Jewish self-hatred. To the vicious attacks on his writing and character, he adds his own voice until, with nothing left not faith, not family, not dignity he disappears. Thirty years later, the war long over, Bruno, at a low point in a childless marriage, responds to ambiguously positive inquiries about his father s work, and travels from his home in Jerusalem to the Austrian town of his childhood. What he encounters in that town, now clean of Jews, enables him to face his own profound losses, and, in some measure, redeem the sins of his father.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 1987 : UK Hardback
Title: Age of Wonders
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-297-79155-9 / 978-0-297-79155-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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1982 : UK Hardback
Title: The Age of Wonders
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-906293-25-1 / 978-0-906293-25-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
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November 1981 : USA Hardback
Title: The Age of Wonders
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-87923-402-4 / 978-0-87923-402-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R Godine Pub
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Paperback Editions

February 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: Age of Wonders
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-87923-798-8 / 978-0-87923-798-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher Inc
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December 1982 : USA Paperback
Title: The Age of Wonders
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-671-45858-2 / 978-0-671-45858-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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