New Authors     New Books     Coming Soon     Most Popular     Top Authors    
     New Books     Coming Soon     
book cover of The Journey

The Journey

(2008)
(The first book in the Holocaust trilogy series)
A novel by

 
 
A major literary event: the first-ever English translation of a lost masterpiece of Holocaust literature by acclaimed author and survivor H. G. Adler

The story behind the story of The Journey is remarkable in itself: Award-winning translator Peter Filkins discovered an obscure German novel in a Harvard Square bookstore and, reading it, realized that it was a treasure unavailable to English speakers. It was the most powerful book by the late H. G. Adler, a survivor of Theresienstadt and Auschwitz, a writer whose work had been praised by authors from Elias Canetti to Heinrich Boll and yet remained unknown to international audiences.

Written in 1950 after Adler's emigration to England, The Journey was not released in Germany until 1962. After the war, larger publishing houses stayed away from novels about the Holocaust, feeling that the tragedy could not be fictionalized and that any metaphorical interpretation was obscene. Only a small publisher was in those days willing to take on The Journey.

Yet Filkins found that Adler had depicted the event in a unique, truly modern, and deeply moving way. Avoiding specific mention of country or camps - even of Nazis and Jews - The Journey is a lyrical nightmare of a family's ordeal and one member's survival. Led by the doctor patriarch Leopold, the Lustig family finds itself "forbidden" to live, uprooted into a surreal and incomprehensible circumstance of deprivation and death. This cataclysm destroys father, daughter, sister, and wife and leaves only Paul, the son, to live again among those who saved or sacrificed him. The Journey reveals a world beset by an "epidemic of mental illness . . . As a result of the epidemic, everyone was crazy, and once they finally recognized what was happening it was too late."

Linked by its innovative style to the work of James Joyce and Virginia Woolf, The Journey is as much a revelation as other recent discoveries on the subject as the works of W. G. Sebald and Irene Nemirovsky's Suite Francaise. It is a book proving that art can portray the unimaginable and expand people's perceptions of it, a work anyone interested in recent history and modern literature must read.

    Get it on Google Play

Similar books by other authors


Used availability for H G Adler's The Journey

Hardback Editions

November 2008 : USA Hardback
thumb

Title: The Journey: A Novel
Author(s): H G Adler
ISBN: 1-4000-6673-5 / 978-1-4000-6673-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Paperback Editions

September 2009 : USA Paperback
thumb

Title: The Journey: A Novel (Modern Library Classics)
Author(s): H G Adler
ISBN: 0-8129-7831-5 / 978-0-8129-7831-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Modern Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumb

Title: The Journey: A Novel (Modern Library Classics)
Author(s): H G Adler
Publisher: Modern Library
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA