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“It is a measure of Appelfeld’s uncanny skill that a narrative so deliberately shorn of familiar human relations should bear so much power.”
—Joyce Carol Oates, The New York Times Book Review
 
“As always, Appelfeld’s style is affectingly spare. Out of the shards of [ personal] experience, he has composed a tale of appalling symmetry. Among his many novels and stories of the Holocaust, Tzili best exemplifies Kafka’s bitter aphorism, ‘The arrows fit exactly in the wounds they have made.’ ”
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In this moving and tender tale of a young girl living in the shadow of the Holocaust, Aharon Appelfeld weaves an individual's unique story. Tzili was the youngest, least favored member of a large Jewish family. Her schooling was a failure; all she retained from her religious instruction was one prayer. Simple and meek, she was more at home with the animals in the fields than with her own kin. So when her family fled Hitler's encroaching armies, it was Tzili who stayed behind, and it was Tzili who lived alone in the forest, sought refuge with the peasants, found love, and survived. Aharon Appelfeld imbues her story with a harrowing beauty that is emblematic of an entire people's fate.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805212493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805212495
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Kennedy on February 21, 2016
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"Tzili" by Aharon Appelfeld is the tale of a young girl before, during, and after World War II in eastern Europe. This work is not up to Mr. Appelfeld's other works, and can be a bit bland. A bit disappointing.
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Very poor translation from the original. Translator takes much too much liberty.
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Not a light read. Unusual, but worth the effort.
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