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ISBN: 0810116855 / ISBN-13: 9780810116856

Life with a Star

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A fictional account of the persecution and suffering of the Jews. It is simple in style and full of dark humour, irony and lyricism. The author ... Show synopsis

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  • Life with a Star (Northwestern University Press) – Hardcover (1998)
    by Jiri Weil, Roslyn Schloss (Translator), Rita Klimova (Translator)

    Life with a Star

    Hardcover, Northwestern University Press
    1998
    English
    224 pages

    ISBN: 0810116855
    ISBN-13: 9780810116856

    The Nazis have occupied Prague, and Josef Roubick, a former bank clerk, discovers that the prosaic world he has always inhabited is suddenly off limits to him because he is a Jew. When he begins to observe his new, increasingly skewed, and macabre environment with resigned detachment, his life becomes centered on survival and on the surprisingly small things he clings to in order to persevere.

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Yevgenyatyoo

A Quasilife for All Time

by Yevgenyatyoo on May 28, 2011

This is yet more Jewish Holocaust requieum which adds another measure to the seemingly inexhaustable material of the German occupation of Czechoslovakia. Two lives are immortalized. Firstly, the life of a man on the lam from 'They' (German occupiers of Czechoslovakia) and, secondly, the inner vessel of a man's hopes and deams. Together, they form the automaton that is cunningly surviving in the shell of a town that has been systematically drained of its vigor, its inhabitants and its treasures. The river that runs through it has been immortalized by Smetana in the tone poem 'The Moldau'; but They who have touched and fingered without veneration the riches of this place have implacably changed it forever. It develops that kismet is apportioned to him at his haunting by Ruzena. Who is she? Is she with im? Why, or what, does she give him that which is excruciation when he discourses with her? All the while, 'They' are and remain an excrescence in their suzerainty.

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