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Arriving Where We Started Paperback – December 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Great Marsh Press; Revised edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928863019
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928863014
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story of private rebellion against postwar American conformities, of Spanish political intrique, of a love affair and a journey of heroic self-definition...a deeply engaging, marvelously intelligent story about growing up in the period. -- The New York Times Roger Jellinek

In 1948 Germany was the nightmare Barbara Probst Solomon describes in her pages on Munich. By 22 she had lived through an education in the sense of the European past that none of her contemporaries in America could imagine...one of the most interesting books published this year. -- The Los Angeles Times Jascha Kessler

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Barbara Probst Solomon is one of our most intelligent writers. Her work has been praised by James Baldwin: "...she's an amazingly gifted writer." And by John Leonard in Vanity Fair, "She is trying to make some sense of the messiest century since the fourteenth. The brave and witty Solomon has been there, where ever there is, and it's been years since I've read a more likable book on such ugly, abiding issues."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sally tubach on October 10, 2001
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A fascinating autobiography of an American Jewish woman coming to age in post-WWII New York and Europe, this book has much in common with a female novel of development. Probst Solomon portrays with striking honesty and intimacy the personal twists and turns that bring her from the "linguistic bouillabaise"of her educated New York home with its German nanny, through the perils of adolescent loves, to her political adventures in post-war Europe and the sudden deaths of her husband and Spanish lover. An American journalist, who wrote in Spanish for "Península" magazine, which was to provide the intellectual base for Spanish exiles of the Franco regime, Probst Solomon�s work is infused with erudition, "intelligent rebellion" and idealism. With the help of Norman Mailer�s sister, the young Probst Solomon helps spring dissidents from Spanish jails. From her home among the exiles in Paris, she travels to Munich and Dachau at the end of 1948, where she has unsettling encounters with a Jewish survivor in the black market and with occupying American troops. She returns to New York, politically mature beyond her years, at the age of 21.
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