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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Daunt Books (4 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907970061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907970061
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Without a doubt, one of the outstanding novels I've read about the fate of a Jew and the Jews under the Nazis. I don't really know of one like it. --Philip Roth

An astonishing work of fiction . . . Jiri Weil's sophisticated, modernist, human imagination has made the dark horror of the Holocaust into an occasion of enlightenment. --New Yorker

A unique and deeply moving book, filled with echoes of Kafka and hints of Kundera and Skvorecky. --Observer

About the Author

Jiri Weil was born in 1900 in Prague, and was one of the best-known writers in Central Europe in the 1930s and the immediate post-war years. In 1942 Weil escaped transportation to the Nazi camps by faking his own death. He remained in hiding for the rest of the Second World War and his novels Mendelssohn is on the Roof and Life With a Star are based on these experiences. Weil died in 1959.


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By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 26 April 2014
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"Life with a Star" is the second book by the Czech author Jiri Weil that I have read this year , having recently finished the excellent "Mendelssohn is on the Roof". This book tells the fascinating and sad tale of the life of a middle aged Jewish man called Josef during the Nazi occupation of Prague in the Second World War. Josef is almost totally alone in life , bereft of family and friends and he merely has an existence rather than a life. He lives on his own in a shabby , run down garrett on the city outskirts and he reminisces about a lost love throughout the book and takes solace in the company of a stray cat whom he takes in. Through Josef's eyes, the reader gets to know what it was like to be a Jew in Prague at that time ; oppressed by petty regulations ,discrimination and dispossession and haunted by the prospect of being called up for one of the regular "transports" of Jews to "the East", which the reader knows is death by gas at Auschwitz. We share in Josef's mundane existence and I felt sorry for this bewildered , sad and lonely man who puts up with his degradations stoically. Can he avoid the ominous prospect of being called up for a "transport" ? Can he find any meaning or enjoyment in his daily existence ? This book is well written and it is narrated in an unemotive , matter of fact manner by an author who has depicted this appalling period of European history in a very sensitive and enlightened way. An ideal book for anyone wanting to get a flavour of what life was like for Jews at this time and I would recommend "Mendelssohn is on the Roof" to anybody who enjoyed this book. It's even better than "Life with a Star".
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What can I say about a book that is so utterly moving, thoroughly compelling, and deeply disturbing - evoking the barbaric horrors of the Holocaust... The author with his astonishing and simplistic narrative, has truly captured the essence of the vilest horrors befalling the Jewish race at the hands of the merciless, murderous, and TOTALLY immoral Nazis', who incidentally are emotively only referred to as THEM or THEY etc in the narrative. I became totally engrossed in the protagonist's (hopeless) plight at the hands of a regime HELL-BENT on wiping out THE entire Jewish population of Europe, and beyond if they could... As the previous reviewer so rightly states: 'Life With a Star' should unequivocally be a STANDARD on every school curriculum throughout the world. I particular was moved by the humility and tenaciousness of the leading character - who SOMEHOW maintained his dignity to the very END. This book stirred me beyond tears, however the protagonist's release still left me with an innate HOPE for the human race... The RACIST tragedy of this novel could befall ANY particular 'race' or 'group' at any time in our volatile mad world - but MUST never be allowed to EVER, EVER happen again!!
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As per other (more articulate) reviewers, this truly is an outstanding book. Utterly horrific, made all the more so by the outwardly unemotive way he refers to his persecutors. For anyone with even a passing interest in WW2 this is a true "must read".
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This book is an eye opener. It tells the story of a Jew's survival during the Second World War in a completely original and unsentimental way, and without ever mentioning the words 'Nazi' or 'German'. It is powerful, moving, shocking and ironic. A stunning read.
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This is an unusual Holocaust novel, written by a Czech Jew who survived by faking his own death in 1942 and living in hiding for the rest of the war. It doesn't mention the words Jews, Nazi or Germans, but adopts an other-worldly anonymous atmosphere that gets the message of oppression across very effectively (a literary device also employed by Arthur Koestler in Darkness at Noon and Arrival and Departure). The central character Josef Roubicek's life becomes more and more limited as restrictions on Jews' work, life, and movement become ever stricter, contrasted with the lives of plenty and (relative) luxury being enjoyed by the non-Jewish population. Roubicek survives when around him fellow Jews are being rounded up and sent away to the "fortress town" or transported to the East. This is a depressing and sombre novel, not only because of the intrinsic subject matter, but also because of the writing style, including Roubicek's internal dilemma about whether to bother continuing the struggle to survive or rather to surrender himself to his fate, and the ending is rather ambiguous - though one assumes Roubicek will survive in the same way as did the real author, as this has been hinted at earlier in conversations with the only named non-Jewish character, Josef Materna.
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This first-person account of the horror and indignity of life as a Jew in occupied Eastern Europe is written without anger, and in such a matter-of-fact way that it is all the more moving. Most people know what happened to the Jews during World War 2, but this book makes explicit the daily grind of uncertainty, perpetual hunger, cold, exclusion from public places and menial work, yet does so in a non self-pitying way. I would recommend this book to adolescents as well as to adults who possibly don't appreciate the dangers that nationalism and racism can lead to.
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