Tales of Grabowski: Transformations, Escape & Other Stories
TOBY PressLLC, 2003 - 307 Seiten
Tales of Grabowski comprises two novellas, Transformations and Escape, together with several short stories, all of which tell the story of David Gordon, a young Jew from Warsaw, who transforms himself into Wladyslaw Grabowski, a Polish stoker in the German merchant marines.
Auerbach balances the internal tensions between Gordon's desire to fight for revenge and Grabowski's desperate need for survival. Throughout the war, involvement with friends, with espionage and smuggling bring him ever closer to that thin line that separates life from death.
Drawing on deeply personal experiences - for it is the story of Auerbach's own survival - Transformations and Escape are undiscovered masterpieces of twentieth century writing.
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Tales of Grabowski: Transformations Escape & Other StoriesNutzerbericht - Book Verdict
This story has two heroes: David Gordon, a young Jew caught up in Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland in 1939 and then trapped in the Warsaw ghetto; and Wladek Grabowski, a Pole who gets a job as stoker on a German ship and dreams of sabotaging the Nazi war effort. Remarkably, Gordon and Grabowski are the same man. After escaping from the ghetto, Gordon transforms himself into Grobowski, the steely Polish worker on the lookout for opportunities to take revenge on the Germans-and survive the war. The "tales" of the title refers to the two novellas and a few short sections that, taken together, give readers the impression of a full-scale novel, despite a slight disjointedness. This highly autobiographical account works best when it shows what life was like behind enemy lines. For instance, we learn that when Polish cavalry met German Panzer divisions on the field of battle, the Poles had been told that the Germans were in such a rush to invade that their tanks were fake: "They'll burn like paper, like goddamn cardboard, which they actually are." Auerbach, who died in November 2002, distinguishes his book from many accounts of the Holocaust by including significant non-Jewish characters and settings. A worthy addition to the expanding literature on the Holocaust.-Edward Cone, New York ...
Review: Tales of GrabowskiNutzerbericht - Peter - Goodreads
Utterly riveting. John Auerbach is referred to as "one of the great, yet unknown writers of the twentieth century." Truer words have never been spoken. An extraordinary man who, thankfully, decided he'd do some writing. The world is better off for it, of that I am certain. Vollständige Rezension lesen