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Until the Dawn's Light: A Novel (1995)

by Aharon Appelfeld

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This novel takes placed in a small town in Austria in the early 20th century. It focuses on the story of Blanca, a very bright young woman who has a promising future. She gives this up and also abandons her Judaism and her family to marry Adolph, her Christian boyfriend. Shortly after he marries her, he begins beating her. She suffers tragically, and eventually she flees from him and the town, taking her young son with her.

I would suggest that this novel be read to aid in the understanding of the story of so many Jewish in Austria and Germany who tragically suffer the abuse of anti-semitism. Their conversion to Christianity seemed to matter little as the 20th century went on. Through one woman’s isolation, struggle and eventual demise, we feel the horrific losses that occur on the Jewish people of Eastern Europe.

- Carol
  cavlibrary | Mar 5, 2016 |
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Sie stiegen von einem Zu in den nächsten, fuhren an kleinen Bahnstationen vorbei, hielten vor Weichen und rasten dann wieder schnaubend über die ausgedehnten, flachen Weiten dahin.
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***NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER (2012)***

From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed writer (“One of the best novelists alive” —Irving Howe): a Jewish woman marries a gentile laborer in turn-of-the-century Austria, with disastrous results.
 
A high school honor student bound for university and a career as a mathematician, Blanca lives with her parents in a small town in Austria in the early years of the twentieth century. At school one day she meets Adolf, who comes from a family of peasant laborers. Tall and sturdy, plainspoken and uncomplicated, Adolf is unlike anyone Blanca has ever met. And Adolf is awestruck by beautiful, brilliant Blanca–even though she is Jewish. When Blanca is asked by school administrators to tutor Adolf, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. And when Adolf asks her to marry him, Blanca abandons her plans to attend university, converts to Christianity, and leaves her family, her friends, and her old life behind.
 
Almost immediately, things begin to go horribly wrong. Told in a series of flashbacks as Blanca and her son flee from their town with the police in hot pursuit, the tragic story of Blanca’s life with Adolf recalls a time and place that are no more but that powerfully reverberate in collective memory.

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A high school honor student bound for university and a career as a mathematician, Blanca lives with her parents in a small town in Austria in the early years of the twentieth century. At school one day she meets Adolf, who comes from a family of peasant laborers. Tall and sturdy, plainspoken and uncomplicated, Adolf is unlike anyone Blanca has ever met. And Adolf is awestruck by beautiful, brilliant Blanca{u2013}even though she is Jewish. When Blanca is asked by school administrators to tutor Adolf, the inevitable happens: they fall in love. And when Adolf asks her to marry him, Blanca abandons her plans to attend university, converts to Christianity, and leaves her family, her friends, and her old life behind.… (more)

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