Books by Aharon Appelfeld

Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Appelfeld's style is never flashy, but the plainness of his writing gives post-Holocaust events both starkness and power."
Prolific author Appelfeld once again delivers with a novel of great sensitivity, finely attuned to the difficulties of responding to post-Holocaust living. Read full book review >
ADAM AND THOMAS by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Deeply moving and powerful: unforgettable. (Historical fiction. 10-18)"
Two Jewish boys are caught up in the horrors of Nazi persecution. Read full book review >
SUDDENLY, LOVE by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: May 6, 2014

"Appelfeld writes simply but gorgeously about important things, and the translation is particularly graceful and supple."
A quiet, moving and utterly convincing story about the growing love between an aging author and his companion. Read full book review >
UNTIL THE DAWN'S LIGHT by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A beautiful and affecting novel, Tolstoyan in its compassion for humanity."
Distinguished fiction by one of Israel's most prominent novelists. Read full book review >
BLOOMS OF DARKNESS by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: March 9, 2010

"Poignant and tender without being sentimental, the novel achieves its powerful emotive effects through simplicity and understatement—a beautiful read."
An unadorned and heartbreaking tale of a young boy coming of age during World War II. Read full book review >
LAISH by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: March 10, 2009

"A story that is, paradoxically, low-key and intense."
A quiet narrative of high expectation and muted desperation from Israeli writer Appelfeld (All Whom I Have Loved, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
ALL WHOM I HAVE LOVED by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Artful and troubling. Still, Appelfeld has written many better books than this one."
The shadows of World War II and the Holocaust gather slowly and menacingly throughout this previously untranslated 1999 novel from the internationally celebrated Israeli author (The Iron Tracks, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
THE STORY OF A LIFE by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A troubling meditation on memory, madness, language, evil, and, ultimately, love."
A lyrical, impressionistic memoir by a Holocaust survivor who was only seven when the Nazis first blackened the sun. Read full book review >
THE CONVERSION by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Nov. 3, 1998

"But its signal strength—his complex portrayal of a divided soul frustrated in its pursuit of goodness—once again confirms Appelfeld's position as matchless dramatist of the intermingled burdens and rewards of Jewry in extremis."
First published in 1991, this provocative parable is the 12th novel to reach English from the internationally acclaimed author of such fiction as Badenheim 1939 (1980) and (most recently) The Iron Tracks (1998). Read full book review >
THE IRON TRACKS by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Feb. 25, 1998

"This unsparing portrayal of a modern Wandering Jew is one of his most challenging and troubling fictions. (Author tour)"
A compulsive series of journeys across the map of postwar Europe absorbs the narrator and protagonist of Israeli writer Appelfeld's haunting 11th novel (Unto the Soul, 1994, etc.)—an elegy, as are all its predecessors, for the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Read full book review >
UNTO THE SOUL by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: Jan. 31, 1994

"Powerful—if hardly pleasant or shapely."
Gad and Amalia, adult brother and sister, have been entrusted by their dead Uncle Arieih to maintain the cemetery of the martyrs high up on a Ruthenian mountain, far from the populated towns of the plain beneath. Read full book review >
KATERINA by Aharon Appelfeld
Released: July 6, 1992

"Structurally flawed, but very intense, disturbing."
Katerina here is a Ruthenian peasant woman who, before the Holocaust, worked for Jewish families—families whom she feared, was fascinated by, stole from, and ultimately identified with so oddly that their memories will very much determine the course of her largely cursed life. Read full book review >

Appelfeld's work (Badenheim 1939; The Immortal Bartfuss) is more about the pre-and post-Holocaust moments than about the enormity straight on. Read full book review >