Tales of Grabowski: Transformations, Escape & Other Stories

Toby Press, 2003 - 307 Seiten
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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 and Other Stories

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Posthumous tales and essays from, as Saul Bellow says, "a born story-spinner" (1922-73)."Transformations" is the centerpiece novella of this highly autobiographical collection: David Gordon is born to ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

Tales of Grabowski: Transformations Escape & Other Stories

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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 ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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John Auerbach was born in Warsaw in 1922, and served as a soldier in the Polish army at the beginning of the Second World War. During the German occupation, he escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto and worked on German ships as a stoker under false identity. He was caught whilst trying to escape to Sweden in a stolen boat, and was sent to the Stutthof concentration camp. After to the war, he went to Sweden and worked on Swedish ships. Here, he joined the Mossad Aliyah B and transported refugees to Israel for three years. He was captured by the British and was detained in a Cyprus camp for two years. On his release to Israel, he came to Kibbutz Sdot Yam, where he was a skipper of fishing boats. After Officer?s Training in Acre, he served as a Chief Engineer in the Israeli Merchant Marines for fifteen ears. Upon the death of his son in the 1973 War, he left the sea and returned to the Kibbutz where he wrote and published twelve books of short stories and novellas (translated into Hebrew), as well as stories published in American literary magazines. Auerbach?s short story, The Owl, was awarded first prize in the PEN/UNESCO Awards of 1993.

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