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An Estate of Memory

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ISBN-13: 978-0935312645
ISBN-10: 0935312641
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"This is a very good book. Like Solzhenitsyn, Ilona Karmel has succeeded in writing about life in the prison camps as plausible, possible human experience. . . . By the time we are told [that one of them is pregnant], these four women have established themselves in our minds as completely alive, believable, faulty and individual." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the few great realistic novels about the Nazi camps . . . An Estate of Memory stands in the tradition of the great modern prison books. . . . While Karmel does describe hardship and terror with uncompromising severity, the book is largely about friendship, about women bonding. . . . In a broad and non polemical sense, this is a profoundly feminist book." —Ruth Kluger, from the Afterward

About the Author

ILONA KARMEL is a Holocaust survivor. She teaches creative writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RUTH KLUGER ANGRESS, also a survivor, is professor of German at the University of California, Irvine.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: The Feminist Press at CUNY (January 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935312641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935312645
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Allen on July 3, 2012
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Considered important both for its account of women working in the camps, and as a feminist
work since most of the characters are women, surviving and even procreating in the worst
possible circumstances...but I found the writing very confusing--was often unsure of
who was speaking, whether they were actually doing or only imagining, for instance...
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