Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Brief Stop On The Road From Auschwitz by Göran Rosenberg

Look what's new in paperback today:

(Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!)
"On the 2nd of August 1947, a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, and the transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival. In A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ (Other Press Paperback Reprint * 2/28/17), Göran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood in order to tell the story of this young man, his father; walking at his side, holding his hand, following him along the road from Auschwitz, trying to foster a lost intimacy. It is also the story of the chasm that soon opens between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress and collective oblivion of post-war Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past. Beautiful, powerful, and deeply moving, this is the story of what came after Auschwitz; a world of silence, suppression, oblivion, guilt and shame. Melancholy, wise and beautiful, A BRIEF STOP ON THE ROAD FROM AUSCHWITZ is a measured examination of the past and a loving portrait of a father.

This compulsive read is a remarkable story with enormous ramifications for events playing out on the global stage today.  The insights gleaned from Göran’s experiences offer a unique perspective on the legacy that will be inherited by millions of refugees in crisis today, as well as the continual abuse inflicted on minority communities around the world.  Göran is primed to discuss an original perspective on the core lessons to be drawn from the horrors of the Holocaust, lessons that cut across religious, geographic, and ethnic lines. This is very simply a new classic of the memoir genre."

Wow! Talk about a powerful and unforgettable story.  A son's retelling of his father's life after Auschwitz - beyond brilliant! This book has garnered tons of acclaim for its truth, its history, and its message on survival.  It is a sobering piece of work that conjures up the past with such clarity and preciseness.  The writing is superb - it explores humanity, pain, memory, and hope with such openness and realism.  I just LOVED this book.  Its been days since I read it and I can't seem to stop thinking about it.  I would definitely recommend it to fans of nonfiction, especially those interested in history.   This is one book you won't want to miss.

Thank you to Other Press for providing me with a copy of this book!


Dot said...

Wow, this sounds fantastic and extremely poignant, will add to my list.

Nadia said...

Dot, definitely check it out! Such a powerful read.

Lark said...

This sounds like one of those must-read books...the kind that break your heart and make you think and leave their mark on your life. I'll for sure be reading this one! :)

Nadia said...

Lark, exactly! You are spot on. Definitely a book you should check out.