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By Hans Eichner

A serious and advertisement luck in German, ''Kahn & Engelmann'' tells the tale of a Jewish kinfolk from rural Hungary, their immigration to Vienna within the nice days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, their loves, company ventures and failings, and their eventual tragic destruction. Narrated by means of Peter Engelmann, who needs simply to omit his previous, this hugely unique novel recreates a vanished Vienna with salty humor and humanity. In a voice that's beautiful with out being sentimental, Peter describes his break out from the Nazis via snowy woods, his makes an attempt to begin a brand new lifestyles in England and Canada, and his selection to immigrate to Israel. Written by means of an eminent pupil, himself a survivor of Nazism, ''Kahn & Engelmann'' is either an exciting novel and an immense paintings of Holocaust literature.

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He published books on Thomas Mann and Friedrich Schlegel. His novel Kahn & Engelmann was first published in German in 2000 and was reprinted in 2002. About the Translator Jean M. Snook is an Associate Professor of German at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has translated Else LaskerSchüler’s Concert, Luise Rinser’s Abelard’s Love, Evelyn Grill’s Winter Quarters, and Gert Jonke’s Homage to Czerny: Studies in Virtuoso Technique. This astounding, ambitious work is a paean to the Viennese Jews driven out of their country when Austria merged into Nazi Germany… a world of memories… Proust-like… an original, moving novel.

If that was the case, then he was following an old tradition of his people. In the course of the Jews’ long history, a good many things have been forbidden them, many by themselves (for example the lighting of a match on the Sabbath), many by others. In Hungary, for example, at the beginning of the nineteenth century the Jews were still forbidden to own property outside of the Judengasse, the Jewish street, to acquire the master craftsman’s diploma and to stay in the Hungarian mountain cities. ”) But one thing was never forbidden them: to travel, in fact, in the course of their history travelling just about became the compulsory national sport: from Egypt to Canaan, from Canaan to Babylon and back again to Canaan, to Greece and Italy, over the Alps down the Rhine valley, then from there, when the crusaders practised killing people there as a preliminary exercise to freeing the holy grave, to Poland and Galicia, where they brought their Middle High German, from which Yiddish developed.

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