I came across this article, by William Giraldi, dated May 13, 2014, entitled Grasping for Words, Grappling with the Past: The long journey of Israeli novelist Aharon Appelfeld. I was totally engrossed in the content.
I am an avid Aharon Appelfeld fan. I have read several of his books, and each time an English translation is published, I immediately buy it. I read his books with heartfelt sadness due to the compelling and intense subject matter. There are no words adequate enough for me to totally depict my thoughts and feelings on his work.
Giraldi does Appelfeld justice, and acknowledges his masterful and brilliant writing. The article is an excellent summary of Appelfeld’s works, but also an intense (albeit, short) account of Aharon Appelfeld’s life’s journey. It details not only his physical, emotional, and mental journey, but his literary journey, as well.
Some of Aharon Appelfeld’s books that I have read are:
Suddenly, Love: A Novel
The Story of a Life: A Memoir
Blooms of Darkness: A Novel
The Iron Tracks: A Novel
Tzili: The Story of a Life
All Whom I Have Loved: A Novel
Until the Dawn’s Light: A Novel
Laish: A Novel
Aharon Appelfeld brings the reader illuminating gems within his novels. His stories are told with magnificent prose and word-imagery. The impact is not normally light and airy, but one that is often disturbing, and on the fringes of horrific events to come. He has a point to make within the pages of his novels, and the concepts and depictions resound and echo through the heart of pain and extreme adversity. He beckons the reader to ponder humanity and the human condition.
I hope you take the time to read William Giraldi’s insightful and excellent article.