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AHARON APPELFELD is the author of more than forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Badenheim 1939, The Iron Tracks (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), The Story of a Life (winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger), and Until the Dawn’s Light (winner of the National Jewish Book Award). Other honors he has received include the Giovanni Boccaccio Literary Prize, the Nelly Sachs Prize, the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, and the MLA Commonwealth Award. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yeshiva University. Born in Czernowitz, Bukovina (now part of Ukraine), in 1932, he lives in Israel.
Ernst and Irena come from different worlds. Though both now live Jerusalem, their backgrounds and ages make for many obstacles to surmount. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Vermeer fan
I found this to be a sweet story about unexpected love. Ernst is a lonely, sickly, man in his 70's who is tormented by his life and the things he failed to accomplish. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Penguin Chick
In this brief novel, focused almost entirely on two contrasting characters, Appelfeld explores the ways in which "utopian" thinking (whether that embodied in National... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas F. Dillingham
This unusual holocaust-survivor's tale follows Ernst, a 70 year-old, infirm, Eastern European in Jerusalem, through his struggle to recapture the Jewish spirituality of beloved... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Martin Becker
I was drawn to the story of love developing over time in an unexpected place. I have read other books with similar plots and enjoyed them. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Beth E. Settje
"Irena does everything she can to make things pleasant for Ernst: she wears makeup; she makes sure that her clothes will catch his eye each morning. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Terri J. Rice
"Suddenly, Love" is a very inspiring novel, despite its dark themes. I've already read it twice.
The novel argues (gently) that positive personal growth and change are... Read more
The timing of Suddenly, Love is perfect being released near The Holocaust Remembrance Day, for this book, to me is about remembering. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Irish