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In Nazi-occupied Prague, ex-bank clerk Josef Roubick discovers that the prosaic world he has always inhabited is suddenly off-limits to him because he is a Jew. When he begins to observe his new, increasingly skewed, and macabre environment with resigned detachment, his life becomes centered on survival and on the surprisingly small things he clings to in order to perseverIn Nazi-occupied Prague, ex-bank clerk Josef Roubick discovers that the prosaic world he has always inhabited is suddenly off-limits to him because he is a Jew. When he begins to observe his new, increasingly skewed, and macabre environment with resigned detachment, his life becomes centered on survival and on the surprisingly small things he clings to in order to persevere....

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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Life with a Star Reviews

  • Robert Greenfield
    2019-03-07 10:16

    What can I say about a book that is so utterly moving, thoroughly compelling, and deeply disturbing - evoking the barbaric horrors of the Holocaust... The author with his astonishing and simplistic narrative, has truly captured the essence of the vilest horrors befalling the Jewish race at the hands of the merciless, murderous, and TOTALLY immoral Nazis', who incidentally are emotively only referred to as THEM or THEY etc in the narrative. I became totally engrossed in the protagonist's (hopeless) plight at the hands of a regime HELL-BENT on wiping out THE entire Jewish population of Europe, and beyond if they could... As the previous reviewer so rightly states: 'Life With a Star' should unequivocally be a STANDARD on every school curriculum throughout the world. I particular was moved by the humility and tenaciousness of the leading character - who SOMEHOW maintained his dignity to the very END. This book stirred me beyond tears, however the protagonist's release still left me with an innate HOPE for the human race... The RACIST tragedy of this novel could befall ANY particular 'race' or 'group' at any time in our volatile mad world - but MUST never be allowed to EVER, EVER happen again!!

  • Meaghan
    2019-02-27 12:15

    Meh. This book is supposed to be one of the greatest classics of Czech literature, but in my mind that doesn't speak well for Czech literature. Although it's only 200 pages, it took me forever to finish because it dragged so much.I suppose I can kind of see the merit in why the author wrote the way he did -- this long, slow slog to doom -- but it did not make for enjoyable or engrossing reading. NOTHING HAPPENED in the story. It was just one gray, dreary day after another, the protagonist's existence crumbling to bits. And all the characters talked exactly the same.Not recommended.

  • Zuberino
    2019-02-27 11:38

    When I picked this book up – from the guy who sells books every weekend in Swiss Cottage outside Hampstead Theatre – I didn’t know the first thing about Jiri Weil. A flip to the back – an account of surviving the Holocaust in wartime Prague – and my interest was confirmed. This stuff was right up my alley. But the slim size of the book is deceptive; it took me a lot longer to finish it than I had initially expected. Part of it because of the nature of the story, the texture of Weil’s prose. Some people might find the book repetitive and enervating – heaven knows I found the last 50 pages to be exceptionally heavy going. But I think, in the final analysis, this circular dreariness is to Weil’s credit – nothing I have read before comes so close to the lived experience of the Nazi occupation, as it was felt by countless Jews in the cities of east Europe. The death of hope, the gnawing fear, the petty abuses and humiliations, the endless waiting, the Kafkaesque nightmares in the Community building and other bureaucratic limbos, the boredom and cold and hunger of daily life – above all, fear and resignation as the twin conditions of existence – all this comes across with the fidelity that only first-hand experience can bring. So what if it is leaden and lugubrious in places? Life itself was leaden and lugubrious if you were a Jew in wartime Prague under the Nazis, and Weil renders it in true colours. *Our narrator is Josef Roubicek, an ordinary bank clerk. When we first meet him, it is still the early days of the war, probably not long since the fall of Prague. But life is hard all the same – Roubicek no longer has a job, he lives alone in a battered, abandoned and utterly empty house in the remote suburbs of the city, cold and hunger are his daily companions. Getting the stove going to heat up the room is a struggle, an even bigger battle is to find food to eat. When Josef has a few coins to spare, the local butcher Halaburda will occasionally condescend to sell him some blood – or a few bones if he is really lucky. Meat does not enter the picture. Boarding the streetcar to go anywhere is a serious problem; wearing the Jewish star on your chest marks you out for cruel and hostile treatment even from your fellow Czechs, let alone the Nazis. As much as he can help it, Josef spends his days at home, in a trance, reading the same old books, watching the wet patch on the ceiling grow, writing his feverish notes. At night, he looks out the window at the stars, the whole city blacked out around him. In his mind, he constantly thinks of Ruzena, his lover before the war, the wife of another man. In these his memories, Josef finds his only escape from reality – memories of walking the streets of the old city hand in hand with Ruzena, lying together on a sunny riverbank, or snuggled up in bed in a ski chalet, warm and close and loving, while all around them the Eastern European winter closes down. As for Josef, so for the readers – these interludes provide the only relief, the only reminder of the ordinariness of life in the city before the Nazis arrived. In retrospect, it was prelapsarian bliss. Before the apocalypse, Ruzena had pleaded with Josef to go abroad, together, but he failed to respond. Thus ended their relationship, and thus begins his reminiscences. His only friend in the world is Tomas the cat, a neighbourhood stray which has found refuge and company with Josef. Together, they share the scraps of stale bread, the meagre warmth of the stove, the indifferent stars in the sky. *As time passes, the Holocaust gets organized, gets properly underway. The bloodless bureaucratic business of registering Jews, assigning numbers to Jews, sending summons to Jews for transportation to Terezin or Auschwitz, emptying out Jewish homes, looting Jews of all their earthly possessions. Roubicek, lower down the alphabetical order and physically weak to boot, gets assigned to work in a graveyard – the caretaker/gardener detail. By a singular chance, his name does NOT get called up with the rest of the city’s Roubiceks when their turn comes around, and from that unlikely reprieve flows the rest of the story. Along the way, we meet the people in his life – the crotchety old aunt and uncle who raised the orphan Josef and whose lives will likely end in the gas chamber; an old friend Pavel whose wealth and breeding will bring no succour against the inhuman force of the Nazis; the namesake Robitschek who is determined at all costs not to be taken alive; Josef’s gentile neighbour Materna who talks and plots endlessly with his friends and who provides the one genuinely decent example of the ordinary Praguer. The cycle the of seasons turns inexorably, years pass, the ranks of the city’s Jews, of Josef’s colleagues thin out. Macabre stories make the rounds among his workmates – a man shot dead for refusing a haircut, the well-to-do family found sitting at their lavish dining table, frozen in rigor mortis, their poisoned wine-cups before them. Suicides by cyanide. In every line, this pervasive sense of unreality, as if one had stepped through a portal into a parallel universe. Such must have been life under the Nazis. In the end, through strange and bitter pathways, Josef finds his redemption, his liberation from fear and from spiritual slavery. *Roubicek’s Prague no longer exists, what is there instead is a UNESCO-listed toytown, a fairytale in stone with little trace of either the city’s Jews or the Nazis who liquefied them. To know what happened to them, you have to read Jiri Weil. For me, this is a superior book than Wiesel’s Night – not necessarily better executed, but certainly more real, more authentic, and at a certain level, far more profound. I hope to read Weil’s other key book (Mendelssohn on the Roof) someday soon. And someday too, I hope to walk along the banks of the river Vltava, on and on for miles and miles until I reach the suburbs and the fields, just like Josef Roubicek once did.

  • Lia
    2019-03-16 12:32

    Intense, unrelenting, gut wrenching and disturbing. An honest portrayal of life lived under the harsh and terrifying realities of a society in the grip of fascism told through the point of view of one man.

  • Malcolm
    2019-03-09 13:11

    Jiři Weil is better known for his superbMendelssohn is on the Roof and while this deals with similar events – Jewish life occupied Prague – I am slightly surprised to be saying that this is perhaps more rewarding. Josef Roubicek is close to the quintessential everyman, so excessively normal that he is both utterly believable and nearly unbelievable; a bank clerk, single (but with one overwhelming pre-war affair with the wife of a friend’s friend), parents dead and raised by what seem to be a resentful uncle and aunt (his mother’s younger sister). Josef lives on the margins of the city – in nearly every way – physically, his house is on the outskirts of town, far from the ghetto that is organisational centre of life; socially, as a mediocre bank clerk he seemed to have no future to speak of in pre-war life and even less under occupation; corporeally, he is weak and frail, not suited to physical labour and therefore seemingly destined to transportation and a likely early death.In this oppressively grim world Josef takes pleasure in the little things – the stray cat that seems to adopt him, the fate of an onion that he tries to give to his friend who has been summoned for transportation, the day he meets a railway worker who encourages him to cut off his star and travel as a non-Jew, the pleasure of lying in the grass in the open field near his house, or the fact that he is so poor that when he is called up for transportation ‘they’ (as the Germans are always called) will get nothing but a worthless coffee table from his house. But he is permanently cold, constantly evicted from full trams, made to stand, subject to random verbal and physical attacks, perpetually hungry and unable to buy food, and always with the threat of transportation hanging over him. This is a threat that he belittles as a circus where ‘they’ make Jews perform as if in the ring; a marvellously unsettling and believable way to manage the horror. His hunger is mitigated by his work in the cemetery-turned-garden (the New Jewish cemetery at Vinohradská and Izraelská) growing the vegetables ‘they’ won’t eat and sustained by those who have gone before.This should be a tragic story – one of loss, death, oppression, failure, depression and of a maudlin marginal life of an ordinary man caught up in the anti-Semitic world that gave us the systematic, industrialised murder of over 13 million Europeans. But it is not. Josef may be friendless and cut off from his family, absolutely when his aunt and uncle are summed for transportation, but in his friendship with Materna, who he meets one day while lolling in the sun, there is hope – of survival, of resistance, of defeating ‘them’. Materna and his friends are ordinary workers but who resist, whose posters are painted over before day break but who hide Jews, know news of battle fronts that seems to come from other than official sources (and therefore in some way connected with the Czech resistance and most likely communist movement). We hear nothing of their wider links, because Josef – our narrator – is utterly normal, a small person in a big world who knows nothing of these wider political connections. Amid all, however, this is a tale of hope and optimism – Josef seems to survive despite the odds and because of his ordinariness (along with what seems to be a moment of outstandingly good luck). His life changes when he hears an announcement of the execution of friends from before the war; he seems to opt to take action for survival when he feels he has nothing left to lose. The book has nothing of the big events of Mendelssohn – the assassination of Heydrich, the absurd moment of with the Mendelssohn statue, the time in Terezin or the appearance of major events – and with that becomes a more human and humane novel.Weil’s writing makes the novel’s ordinariness part of Josef’s banality – the short and simple sentences and words are deceptive; they make what seems to be simple rich, literal and real; they are testament to Weil’s control of his craft. I regret that only two his novels are available in English and that I have read both.

  • Bep
    2019-03-11 12:38

    Prachtig boek. Onderkoelde stijl, vaak ironisch of cynisch gekleurd. Het woord Jood wordt zelden gebruikt.

  • Susie Rohrbough
    2019-03-15 12:21

    Prague, Czeckoslovakia...a banker lives in a shell of a house, burning furniture to keep warm and to prevent non- Jews from taking it from him when they want. Struggling to find food to eat. Struggling to report to registration stations. Forced to wear a star. Cowering away from those who would humiliate him. I found it gloomy and profoundly sad in the simple way survival is decribed. Written as a day-to-day account of a rather dull banker whose life has been narrowed by edict upon new edict. From the confiscation of property to losing careers to the unending transports east, the end seems inevitable for the former banker and his friends. Death does not seem like an enemy but perhaps more of a place that is welcome after the treatment by "Them." Death is everywhere and there is much discussion of it. I am not sure I would recommend this book. It is much too sad.

  • Andrés Bermúdez Liévano
    2019-03-03 12:30

    With humor and his common sense, a middle class Prague Jew tries to survive during the Nazi occupation of his city, a daunting task in the midst of the world of absurdities that 'they' (his unnamed oppresors) keep coming up with every single day. A beautiful little novel that manages to convey the psychological horror of the Holocaust without ever mentioning its perpetrators or their worst deeds, but focusing on one man's struggle to survive and, even more important to him, to preserve his humanity.

  • Marina
    2019-03-21 10:30

    Read in one go. A very unusual book, which, I suppose, could offend some. Written in 1948 or 49, so well before people had a consensus of how the Holocaust should be written about. The main hero is a bit like Kafkian K., but then finds new consciousness through meeting Materna, his "commissar" (a bit of Socialist Realism there). A simple but striking style. Clearly based on his own experiences, but also clearly not autobiographical, as Weil himself was an amazing character, and not like K. at all.

  • Edward Belfar
    2019-02-22 07:17

    In Life with a Star, a very ordinary Jewish man, the former bank clerk Josef Roubick, struggles to survive the Nazi occupation of Prague. Living in hiding, he finds his life increasingly circumscribed and imperiled by the increasing punitive and arbitrary edicts handed down by the German occupiers. Life with a Star is a powerful, moving, sometimes darkly comic novel that I recommend very highly.

  • Gay
    2019-02-24 07:25

    Great book. Beautifully written and not predictable. This is a story of a single Jewish man and his trials as he tries to survive in Czechoslovakia during WWII. It is a very different view of the struggle... the hardships seem more real, the hunger is palpable. There is an odd hopefulness along with a frustration for the fact that the tragedy was allowed to happen at all. How do you survive such an ordeal? Read this book!

  • Ole
    2019-03-06 07:34

    "if there were no hope", I said, "we would probably fight","and people always think there's hope, even they're standing over an open grave" 200 pages of hope even if all around tell you to die.very very good book, but I think, will be interting for people who have read about Holocaust before.

  • Joshua moses
    2019-03-13 10:14

    One of the most haunting books I have ever read--about the Holocaust or anything else.

  • Linda Lipko
    2019-03-16 10:17

    Highly recommended , this is an incredible book and one of the most haunting tales of the brutal Nazi terror and unrelenting evil.

  • Iñaki Tofiño
    2019-03-01 13:09

    A great work of art and and great reflection on the human condition; there are sentences in this book that belong in every anthology of anti-totalitarian fiction. I thought it was absolutely brilliant: the way it is narrated, with calls to non present people; the way the Nazi invaders are always there but not really there ("they" is what they are called); the gradual transformation of the main character, his humanity, his love for animals... It makes an excellent reading and offers many opportunities for reflection.

  • Jamie Klingler
    2019-03-03 09:18

    Stunning, painful, beautifully written novel. It is unlike anything I've read. Took a very long time to get through it, as each page is painful and poetic. Am still stunned by it.

  • Maria
    2019-03-03 10:21

    Indringend verhaal over een eenzame man tijdens de Duitse bezetting van Praag. Verordeningen en bizarre circulaires maken het leven van Josef Roubicek steeds moeilijker. Bijna Kafkaiaans beschreven. In allerlei straten mag hij niet komen, in de tram alleen zitten als het niet druk is en allerlei spullen moeten ingeleverd worden. Dit laatste vind Josef niet zo erg omdat hij toch vrijwel niets bezit. Lichtpuntjes in zijn bestaan zijn z’n (fictieve) gesprekken met zijn grote liefde Ruzena en Thomas de kat die is komen aanlopen. Dan worden mensen opgeroepen en op transport gesteld naar het oosten:'naar het circus gaan’ noemt Weil/Josef het. Bijzonder vond ik hier de discussie of je het wel kunt maken om te vluchten of om zelfmoord te plegen. Het komt er dan op neer dat in jouw plaats een ander moet gaan of dat je anderen in gevaar brengt. Josef is aanvankelijk nog naïef, steekt een beetje z’n kop in het zand : ‘laten we het over goede oude tijden hebben toen er nog geen mensen op straat werden opgepakt, toen we naar voetbalwedstrijden gingen kijken en in een restaurantje koffie met slagroom bestelden. Als we nu eens net deden of er buiten deze begraafplaats waar wij bladeren bij elkaar lopen te harken, niets gaande is?’ Hij houdt dat uiteraard niet vol zegt later ‘Je went aan alles, en daarin zit de fout. We zouden niet overal aan moeten wennen’ en ‘ik wist het al, maar wilde er niet mee instemmen, dat bijna iedereen diegenen gelijk gaf die zich bij de wetten van die lui neerlegden, niet alleen door op hun bevel in het circus op te treden en bij het plunderen als handlanger te fungeren -…- Misschien geloofden zij al dat die lui het gelijk aan hun kant hadden wanneer zij hen naar de vestingstad stuurden, een wisse dood tegemoet, misschien vervloekten zij hen alleen nog maar uit machteloze woede. Het was veel gerieflijker om in je eigen onmacht te geloven en je erbij neer te leggen dat je de dood werd ingejaagd, dan je te weer te stellen-…- Toch was ik uit de rij gestapt en kon niet meer terug’. Ja, een bijzonder boek ondanks de verschrikking die beschreven wordt, met een soort van lichte toon en de verbazing en verwondering die het uitstraalt!

  • Allison
    2019-02-20 10:38

    One of my professors assigned Life with a Star for class and I dutifully went out and purchased a used copy. I wanted to like it but I just didn't.Jiri Weil uses his experiences hiding from the Nazi's to write this novel about Josef Roubicek the ill-fated former bank clerk. I commend him for his courage in speaking about his experiences and trying to keep the Holocaust from ever happening again. Unlike other authors who write about the Holocaust he does not describe the overt violence that took place in concentration camps or transport trains. Weil chooses to focus on the everyday life of Jews that were just hoping they didn't get called for a trip to the death camps.It is this focus on the mundane that blew it for me. I understand that life was tedious and full of despair during the Nazi occupation of Europe. I understand there was no sense of hope, no happiness, only desperation and death. I honestly struggled to get through 200 pages of everyday life. Because of the way Weil wrote there was no dimension to any of the characters. I did not care when Roubicek burned his furniture, I didn't care that his roof leaked, and I didn't care when his friends died. I didn't care when Ruzena left and I didn't care when Tomas was murdered. I don't see how this is a novel that kept Arthur Miller up at night or why Philip Roth pushed so hard for its publication in the US.Maybe, I'm just apathetic because my family is Eastern European and all anyone remembers us for is the Holocaust and Communism. Maybe I'm just tired of the Holocaust being beaten into my head for 15 years straight courtesy of the US education system and college. I'm sure there are nuances I'm not getting because it's translated into English, but if you have to read a novel about the Holocaust please do yourself a favor and read another book. I'll soon be selling my copy back to the used bookstore where I purchased it.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-14 11:30

    this book is beautiful and horrifying all at once. I've never read a book so perfect in its ability to determine the speed and emphasis by matching plot and diction so exactly. it is purposefully slow-moving as we follow Josef through his stages of grief living as a Jewish man in Nazi-occupied Prague. you hear his thoughts, his panic, his bravery, his obsessions. deeply deeply deeply moving and highly recommended.

  • Alex Knipping
    2019-03-02 11:23

    Hoe kun je een afschrikwekkend verhaal vertellen zonder dat je lezers afhaken? Als de weerzin tegen de wreedheid te groot wordt, dan stopt de lezer misschien. Of erger, de ellende went en lijkt na pagina's lezen gewoon te worden. Jiri Weil kiest voor naïeve distantie. Zijn hoofdpersoon in 'Leven met de ster' beschouwt zijn onderdrukking met een kinderlijk soort afstandelijkheid. Hij ondergaat alle onzinnige regels en verboden op een lijdzame manier en probeert te overleven door te onthechten en af en toe weg te vluchten in een droom-relatie, een verre echo van iets dat ooit werkelijkheid was. Pas als de werkelijkheid al te zeer botst met deze manier van omgaan met de situatie, neemt hij het heft in eigen hand. Door helemaal niemand meer te zijn, kan hij leven. De distantie werkt. Het is beklemmend en door de ogen van van Josef Rubicek zien we het onheil naderen. Als lezer zijn we net zo machteloos als Josef zich voelt. Beetje pech voor deze vertelstijl is dat het zoveel navolging kreeg. Andere boeken en films met dit stramien las en zag ik eerder, wat maakt dat de echte beklemming toch wat uitblijft. Niet eerlijk, want Jiri Weil schreef dit boek al in 1949. Ik kende het niet en had het graag eerder gelezen. Dan was mijn waardering wellicht ook wat hoger geweest.

  • Agnes Kelemen
    2019-03-19 11:33

    It is a slightly didactic and (Communist) ideological narrative, but on the whole very well written and original novel, using a narrator's voice who keeps an extreme distance from his own environment and fate, raising both empathy and alienation in the reader. I know this seems paradoxic, but you will understand what sense my prevous sentence makes, once reading the novel. For me this story is about human dignity, but it gives space for hundreds of interpretation. The atmosphere also reminds me of old Czech movies with a lot of absurd humor. I do not think this is a "Holocaust novel" regarding the genre, because the narration is so much removed from the sphere of reality and history. It is very faithful to history, but the perspective is removed from reality in order to point out the absurdity of the world in which human beings became numbers, moral deeds became immoral and sins became behavioral norms. For instance the word "Jew" appears only once and the word "Nazi" not even once, so we get the feeling that this whole story is set in another galaxy, even though we know that unfotrunately it is history, not a fictitious nightmare.

  • Ray
    2019-03-18 10:29

    This is a magnificent book, the best I have read in 2012 so far. It is fairly short at just 250 pages but it packs in so much in this space.WARNING PLOT SPOILERSThe book is about the life of a Jew in Prague during the Second World War. As he waits for transportation to the death camps his life is progressively closed down by diktat after diktat from "them" (the Germans are never mentioned). Petty, arbitary restrictions and daily fear and humiliation become a normal part of life.Food is scarce and obtaining enough to eat is a constant chore. Work is meaningless - sweeping up leaves with judges and businessmen. People around him are murdered for minor transgressions.Ultimately his ife diminishes to the point where he no longer cares if he lives or dies, in this way acheiving in his eyes a kind of victory over the oppressors. He had long ago sabotaged his house and burnt his furniture in order to deny them anything when he has gone.

  • Adam Rabiner
    2019-02-28 12:33

    Czech author Jiri Weil is mostly known for two excellent Holocaust novels, Life with a Star and Mendelssohn is on the Roof. While the latter is a pastiche of narratives taken from various perspectives, Jew and non Jew, Life with a Star has a single Jewish narrator, Josef Roubicek, and thus is more of a conventional novel. They both approach the Holocaust from a close distance - near to the death camps and ghettos, not directly from within them. But this indirect approach captures the evil and darkness extremely effectively, like a horror movie that scares you more with shadows, creepy music, and suspense than with action and gore. And both novels, despite their sad and death obsessed themes, also ultimately play tribute to survival and life which is the more powerful force. Roubicek, is a man who is more complex, intelligent, and strong than you are initially led to believe. The war, while destroying his life, also frees and humanizes him.

  • Barrett Nicklessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss
    2019-03-16 12:20

    In the book Life with a Star, by Jiri Weil, no one is safe and no where is safe. The character, Josef, lives in Nazi occupied Prague. He lives his life on the country side as an ex-banker. Josef refers to the Nazis as "they" and "them". Josef is depicted similarly to Jiri, due to Jiri surviving the Holocaust. Josef lives a peaceful life with his lover Ruzena on the outskirts of Prague. When the Nazis come they are forced to live and be treated like animals. People treat them unfairly and unkindly. Josef has dreams of death and horror some nights and they reflect his current situation. Josef is in an underrepresented situation.Josef does many things that are daring and could get him killed at any moment. I liked when I read about him burning his house down to stage his death. He succeeded, and survived the war. I liked the book, but it was a hard read. I rate it four stars.

  • Lysergius
    2019-03-19 05:27

    You would think it would be one of the simplest things wearing a yellow star, with a single word in their language in the middle of it. You have to wear it above your heart - always. Together with the endless flow of decrees and the transports and the lack of food and the continual fear it makes it hard to know what to do. Josef talks to his lover Ruzena, but he could not do as she advised. It is only later that he realises that it was the only thing to do. But first he has to overcome the fear of death...

  • Derren Foster
    2019-03-05 13:30

    Jiri writes a moving account of the deportation process. The writing is simple, stark and confronting about a subject difficult to fully comprehend in its callousness. Acknowledging there was Jewish resistance to the Nazi plans, the predominantly passive and cooperative approach to the deportation process, as portrayed in this account, is difficult to understand as a reader. I suppose this is just a case of hindsight is sharper than foresight.

  • Lexie (lexiesbooksies)
    2019-03-21 06:30

    "Mezi starci a neduživci ztrácela i smrt svůj lesk. Lpěli na životě, nemohli jej však udržet svýma nemohoucíma rukama. Nemluvili nikdy o ní, báli se vyřknout i její jméno. Ti, kdož seděli dříve u kamen, než odešli na východ a do pevnostního města, vyslovovali její jméno často, s pochybnostmi, s marným výsměchem nebo s lítostí. Avšak tito lidé o ní nikdy nemluvili. Nemluvil jsem o ní ani já. Byl jsem s ní vyrovnán, nepatřil jsem k jejím poddaným."

  • Brian
    2019-02-21 11:34

    Poignant fictionalized depiction of life as a Jew under the Nazi terror, in Prague. Weil was no stranger to this reality, as Philip Roth explains in a foreword. Provokes me to finally track down Jerzy Koszinski's Painted Bird, another "novel," and admittedly one whose authenticity has been challenged but that, in the hands of a master storyteller, stands as another key fictional narrative about life as the persecuted during the Nazi era.

  • Ef Grey
    2019-02-28 11:18

    Jako téma zajímavé, ale dějová linie už byla po pár kapitolách téměř to samé. Mezi čtyřmi stěnami, myslení na Růženu, práce na hřbitově, atd. Ano, občas si Josef zašel k Maternovi nebo ke kamarádovi ze školních let, kde se mohl i najíst, ale to bylo tak všechno. Vyhnul se transportu a chvíli si i spokojeně žil s kocourem Tomášem, jehož smrt byla pro Josefa mnohem destruující než smrt několika židů.

  • Faye
    2019-03-02 07:22

    This book is *fantastic*. I can't say enough for it - I absolutely loved it. I enjoy war stories, particularly those from WW1 and WW2 - this retells one man's experience of Nazi occupied Prague, a Jewish man. This novel is a classic and should be taught at school!