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The year is 1937. On a remote hilltop some distance from Vienna stands a hotel called The Retreat. Founded by a man who is determined to cleanse himself and his guests of all "Jewish traits," it is a resort of assimilation, with daily activities that include lessons in how to look, talk, act--in short, how to pass--as a gentile. But with Hitler on the march, the possibilities of both assimilation and retreat are quickly fading for the hotel's patrons, men and women who are necessarily--and horrifically--blind to their fate. Mordant, shrewd, and elegantly written, The Retreat is a moving story of people forbidden to retreat from themselves, by the writer whom Irving Howe called "one of the best novelists alive."

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Hardback Editions

April 1984 : USA Hardback
Title: The Retreat
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-525-24237-6 / 978-0-525-24237-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : USA Paperback
Title: The Retreat: A novel
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-8052-1096-2 / 978-0-8052-1096-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Schocken
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February 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: The Retreat (Quartet Encounters)
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-7043-3487-9 / 978-0-7043-3487-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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April 1985 : UK Paperback
Title: The Retreat
Author(s): Aharon Appelfeld
ISBN: 0-14-007660-3 / 978-0-14-007660-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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