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Impossible Love

By Roman Frister

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Format: Hardback, 368 pages
Other Information: 8 B/W Photo\Illu(s)
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 July 2002
Some years ago Roman Frister came across an old suitcase in a Tel Aviv flea market; it contained documents and photos pertaining to several generations of the Levy family - Jews living in Prussia from around the middle of the 19th century up until the beginning of the Second World War. He managed to trace some of the descendants and with their help has written their history - a detailed and involving narrative set against the turbulent backdrop of Germany in the 19th and 20th centuries. It is a touching and fascinating portrait of the changing fortunes of one family which exemplified the Jewish experience at the time. We follow them through the hard times and the happier ones, in business, and in their personal lives. This predominantly blond and blue-eyed family who were unstintingly patriotic were constantly victimised purely on account of their religion. As they struggle for acceptance against all the odds, the inevitable and familiar course of German history creeps up on them. It is miraculous that the ten members of the youngest generation all managed to escape and are to this day scattered throughout Israel, England and America. Like THE CAP this is a very beautifully written and meticulously structured book. As history is interwoven with Frister's interpretation of the Levy family's experiences, this intellectually engaging book - in truth a historical document - reads like an epic novel.

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Frister's first book was a huge best-seller in Germany, Poland and Israel and was described by DER SPIEGEL as 'the most important book on the Holocaust for ten years.' Advance endorsements from Neal Ascherson, George Steiner, Susan Sontag, Martin Gilbert

About the Author

A child during World War Two, Roman Frister, having survived concen- tration camps, is now a journalist living in Israel. He was editor and a reporter on the Israeli daily newspaper HA'ARETZ and now runs the School of Journalism in Tel Aviv.


We've set a press date for this of 18 July and reviews are now coming in: "This book fell out of a battered cardboard suitcase. It was part of a junk dealer's stock in a flea market at Jaffa and was bulging with papers and photographs recording in immense detail the history of a German-Jewish family from World War II back to Napoleon's retreat from Moscow. Enough human interest here in the hands of a clever author like Roman Frister to make what reads like an absorbing historical novel. But the theme that makes it relevant to us as f

EAN: 9780297645917
ISBN: 0297645919
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.9 centimetres (0.58 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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