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5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent well written rights of passage read, 4 Jan 2001
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This review is from: An Empty Suitcase: An Autobiography of the Early Years (Hardcover)
A fascinating account of a young Jewish mans rights of passage in pre Holocaust Central Europe.Beautifully written, detailing the hardships of a working class intellectuals struggles in a harsh world.Often amusing,always interesting. An excellent read deserving a wider readership.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and bawdy tale of a czech/jewish/communist life, 30 Nov 2000
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This review is from: An Empty Suitcase: An Autobiography of the Early Years (Hardcover)
How did a young Czech jewish communist intellectual arrive almost empty handed in Birmingham in 1939? Andrei Drucker's richly written and captivating review of his life growing up between the wars in Czechslovakia and Vienna, is a joy. I detract nothing from this evocatively written bio by revealing the end, because it is the journey which is so appealing. And what a journey! From a small town in the Bohemian region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1909, to a life of poverty in the economic ruin of Vienna in the twenties and thirties. Drucker's writing is both poetic, and rich in detail of the scrabbling for an education and food in a society crumbling around him. Wonderful images of a close knit family gradually splitting apart under the pressure of poverty and the rise of Nazism, are wittily interspersed with his sexual escapades. Here's a personal history of the damage done to central Europe by the post WW1 treaties, in which a rich cultural tradition somehow survives. The young Drucker, is composer, poet, theatrical producer (well, at least in the form of communist Agitprop), and lover. Think Dr. Zhivago squeezed into ordinary life, and you get the picture. Born in Bohemia, and by any definition a true bohemian, and finally a BBC broadcasting brummy. Great stuff!
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An Empty Suitcase: An Autobiography of the Early Years by Andre Drucker (Hardcover - May 2000)
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