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The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping

(2017)
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"As its title suggests, there is a dazed, dreamlike quality to the prose of this bildungsroman, in which a masterly English translation by Jeffrey M. Green manages to retain the direct, concrete quality of the original Hebrew as well as its austere poetry. "
Geraldine Brooks


From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed author called "one of the greatest writers of the age" (Guardian) comes this story of a Holocaust survivor, wounded in body and spirit, who takes his first steps toward creating a life for himself in the newly established state of Israel.

Erwin doesn't remember much about his journey across Europe after the war ended - with good reason. He spent most of it asleep, carried by other survivors as they emerged from their hiding places or were liberated from the camps and traveled by train, by truck, by wagon, or on foot to Naples, where they filled the refugee camps and wondered what was to become of them.

As he struggles to stay awake, Erwin becomes part of a group of young boys being trained in both body and mind for their new lives in Palestine. The fog of sleep gradually lifts, and when he and his comrades arrive in Israel, they are assigned to a kibbutz, where they learn how to tend to land and how to speak their new language. But a part of Erwin desperately clings to the past - to memories of his parents and other relatives, to his mother tongue, to the Ukrainian city where he was born - and he knows that who he was is just as important as who he is now becoming.

When wounded while on night patrol, Erwin must spend months recovering from multiple surgeries and trying to regain use of his legs. As he exercises his body, he exercises his mind as well, copying passages from the Bible in his newly acquired Hebrew and working up the courage to create his own texts in this language both old and new, hoping to succeed as a writer where his beloved father had failed. With the support of friends and of other survivors, and with the ever-present memory of his mother to spur him on, Erwin takes his first tentative steps with his crutches - and with his pen.

Once again Aharon Appelfeld mines heart-wrenching personal experience to create masterful fiction with a universal resonance.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

January 2017 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping: A Novel
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-8052-4319-4 / 978-0-8052-4319-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Schocken
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Audio Editions

January 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 1-5047-9634-9 / 978-1-5047-9634-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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January 2017 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping: A Novel
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 1-5047-9635-7 / 978-1-5047-9635-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

January 2017 : USA MP3 CD
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping: A Novel
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 1-5047-9636-5 / 978-1-5047-9636-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

January 2017 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld, Jeffrey M Green - translator
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping: A Novel
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
Publisher: Schocken
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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