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By Aharon Appelfeld

A brand new novel from the award-winning, across the world acclaimed Israeli author ("One of the best writers of the age" —The Guardian), a haunting, heartbreaking tale of affection and loss.

The ghetto during which the Jews were restrained is being liquidated via the Nazis, and eleven-year-old Hugo is introduced via his mom to the neighborhood brothel, the place one of many prostitutes has agreed to conceal him. Mariana is a bitterly unsatisfied lady who hates what she has performed to her lifestyles, and evening after evening Hugo sits in her closet and listens uncomprehendingly as she rages on the Nazi squaddies who come and move. whilst she's no longer mired in self-loathing, Mariana is fiercely protecting of the bewildered, painfully well mannered younger boy. And Hugo turns into protecting of Mariana, too, attempting to make her chortle whilst she is depressed, soothing her actual and psychological discomfort with chilly compresses. because the thoughts of his friends and family develop dim, Hugo falls in love with Mariana. And as her lifestyles spirals downward, Mariana reaches out for comfort to the adoring boy who's at the cusp of manhood.

The arrival of the Russian military sends the prostitutes fleeing. yet Mariana is simply too popular, and she or he is arrested as a Nazi collaborator for having slept with the Germans. because the novel strikes towards its heartrending end, Aharon Appelfeld once more crafts out of the depths of unfathomable tragedy a renewal of lifestyles and a deeper realizing of what it skill to be human.

**Winner of the 2012 Independent overseas Fiction Prize**

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Lev Davidovich would never know if the twelve days during which they remained stranded in that spot in the middle of nowhere ­were due to the delays in the diplomatic consultations or if it was only because of the most devastating snowstorm he’d ever seen, capable of lowering the thermometers to forty degrees below zero. Covered with all of the coats, hats, and blankets at their disposal, they received Seriozha and Anya, who traveled without the children, who ­were still too little to be exposed to those temperatures.

But soon Caridad would feel that those places had an excess of that which she ­wasn’t seeking (men willing to inebriate her to throw her in bed) and something, still undefined, was lacking, something capable of motivating her and reconciling her with her own soul. Then that fine woman, surrounded by luxury and comfort from birth, educated by nuns, an expert rider of Arabian h ­ orses, married to that own­er of factories who was, by his very nature, removed from the feelings of men who worked for their wealth, removed her jewels and attractive clothing and descended in search of the shadiest corners of the city.

He felt that, at that exact moment, his exile was beginning—­true, complete, without any support. Aside from his family and a very few friends who had reiterated their solidarity, he was a man who was overwhelmingly alone. His only useful allies for a battle like the one he had to initiate (how? ) ­were still confined in work camps or had already given in, but all of them remained within the borders of the Soviet ­Union, and his relationship with them was snuffed out by distance, repression, and fear.

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