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Powerful, moving novel about the Holocaust,
This review is from: Blooms of Darkness (Paperback)
Hugo, a ten year old Jewish boy in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe, is hidden by his mother in a brothel...Out of this poignant situation Appelfeld weaves a beautifully told and realistic story of courage, degradation and perhaps some kind of redemption. The characters of Hugo's middle-class parents and alcoholic uncle - and the brothel madame,guard and prostitutes - are revealed to us vividly through action and dialogue. And we see the world also from Hugo's perspective too,as he passes from childhood into troubled adolescence in the strange world of 'the Residence'. This is an absolutely brilliant, totally absorbing and moving novel. Highly recommended.