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Seven Stories

by Grete Weil
Translated By John S. Barrett

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Verba Mundi

ISBN: 978-1-56792-282-0
Pages: 128
Size: 5.6" x 8.5"
Published: June 2008
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Seven short allegorical tales of characters coping to live in the aftershock of the Holocaust. Grete Weil compares them to survivors of an atom-bomb blast, who live beyond the initial explosion and consider the worst to be over, only to later sicken and die. The survivors’ lives are damaged, even physically destroyed, by the aftershock —by their inability to shed the culture of the country from which they have fled, their intense memories of happier times, and by the constant intrusion of the ghosts of both victims and persecutors.

In her desire to bear witness to the Holocaust...Weil wisely doesn't attempt to show us what it is like to be a victim or a murder; she shows us what it is to be a bystander. And, as she delicately suggests, we are all bystanders to something. —Adam Kirsch, The Boston Phoenix
Through spare, poignant vignettes, Weil appeals to our historical conscience and our shared sense of the pain of the Holocaust. She enables us to inhabit her characters' world...with the emotional force of a visit to a concentration camp. —The Review of Contemporary Fiction
And why is it that truly fine writer—who manage to turn out superlative work with each try - can exist among us and be known by so few?Robert Leiter, Jewish Exponent
Grete Weil
Grete Weil was born in Munich in 1906, the daughter of a Jewish lawyer. When the Nazis came to power, she emigrated to Holland with her husband, the playwright and director Erich Weil. In 1941, Erich was arrested; he later died in a concentration camp. Grete went into hiding, and it was then that she began to write, first theater pieces, then fiction. After the war, she returned to Germany, and eventually settled near her native Munich, where she lived from 1947 until her death, at age 93, in 1996. She was the author of five novels, a memoir, and several collections of short fiction. The German original of Aftershocks was first published in Zurich in 1992.

John S. Barrett worked for many years as a cardiologist before turning to translation with Greta Weil's The Bride Price, which was named an Outstanding Translation of the Year by the American Literary Translators Association. He lives in New Hampshire.