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The Tree of Life, Book One: On the Brink of the Precipice, 1939 (Library Of World Fiction) Paperback – October 27, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Library Of World Fiction (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (October 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299204545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299204549
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,029,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Chava Rosenfarb’s The Tree of Life. . . is a work that rises to the heights of the great creations of world literature and towers powerfully over the Jewish literature of the Holocaust."—Jury decision for the Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature

"With your work you give artistic meaning to an epoch of Jewish experience that is so unbelievably brutal that it is not possible for those who were never there to grasp the full breadth of its horrors. Your manner of conveying the ghetto life is, however, of such scope and literary power that the reader feels himself to be living with you."—Decision of the Jury for the J. J. Segal Prize for Yiddish and Hebrew Literature for the Year 1972

"Descending into the abyss of the ghetto, the author has descended into the depth of awareness of the full range of human nature."--B. Shlevin, Undzer Shtimme, Paris

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Library of World Fiction

Terrace Books

Winner of the 1972 J. J. Segal Prize and the 1979 Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature

1985 cloth English-language edition, Globe Press, Australia

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Ms. Rosenfarb writes beautifully. I wish I was able to read it in the original Yiddish.
However, it was difficult to read - not because her style was difficult, but because she made everything so real and we know what is over that precipice. The characters become so real and we know...
I have just started book 2 of this trilogy because I feel like I must read it, and I feel like I know all the characters - but her writing touches you so deeply, that I feel the fear that I am supposed to fear. And then I remember that she lived through this.
She is amazing.
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