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Badenheim, 1939

(1981)
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It is spring 1939 in the age of anxiety. In months Europe will be Hitler's. And Badenheim, a resort town vaguely in the orbit of Vienna, is preparing for its summer season. The vacationers arrive as they always have, a sampling of Jewish middle-class life: the impresario Dr. Pappenheim, his musicians, and their conductor; the gay Frau Tsauberblit; the historian, Dr. Fussholdt, and his much younger wife; the "readers," twins whose passion for Rilke is featured on their program; a child prodigy; a commercial traveler; a rabbi. The list waxes as the summer wanes. To receive them in the town are the pharmacist and his worried wife, the hotelier and his large staff, the pastry shop owner and his irritable baker, Sally and Gertie (two quite respectable prostitutes), and, mysteriously, the bland inspectors from the "Sanitation Department."

The story unfolds as matter-of-factly as a Chekhov play. The characters on stage are so deeply held by their defensive daily trivia that they manage to misconstrue every signal of their fate. Finally, the vacationers, whose numbers have now increased by the forced crowding-in of other Jews hardly on vacation, become de facto prisoners in their familiar resort; their "vacation" begins to take on the lineaments of undefined disaster. The text builds a sense of foreboding in which each human detail is so persuasive, so right in its fidelity to the terrible evasions of the time, that it leaves us transformed by what we and the author know must, and will, happen to Badenheim's visitors.

Badenheim 1939 owes everything to its author's astonishing capacity to recreate the energies and confusions of innocent and uncomprehending victims who, always loyal to civility and social graces, fail to even dimly see the cruel terms of their imminent fate.

    

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July 1981 : USA Textbook Binding

Title: Badenheim 1939
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-8161-3205-4 / 978-0-8161-3205-8 (USA edition)
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1981 : USA Hardback
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November 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Badenheim 1939
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Title: Badenheim 1939
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ISBN: 1-56792-391-7 / 978-1-56792-391-9 (USA edition)
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September 2005 : UK Paperback
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Title: Badenheim 1939 (Penguin Classics)
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November 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Badenheim 1939 (BG Rudolph)
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-8156-2935-4 / 978-0-8156-2935-1 (USA edition)
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1980 : USA Paperback
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May 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Badenheim, 1939
Author(s): Aron Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-7043-8026-9 / 978-0-7043-8026-4 (UK edition)
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November 1981 : USA Paperback
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Title: Badenheim 1939
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ISBN: 0-671-43592-2 / 978-0-671-43592-9 (USA edition)
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