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Author Petrowskaja, Katja, 1970- author.

Title Maybe Esther : a family story / Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    834 Petrowskaja,K PET    Available
Edition First U.S. edition.
Description viii, 254 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "First published in Germany as Vielleicht Esther by Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin in 2014"--Title page verso.
Summary "An inventive, unique, and extraordinarily moving literary debut that pieces together the fascinating story of one woman's family across twentieth-century Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. Katja Petrowskaja wanted to create a kind of family tree, charting relatives who had scattered across multiple countries and continents. Her idea blossomed into this striking and highly original work of narrative nonfiction, an account of her search for meaning within the stories of her ancestors. In a series of short meditations, Petrowskaja delves into family legends, introducing a remarkable cast of characters: Judas Stern, her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomatic attaché in 1932 and was sentenced to death; her grandfather Semyon, who went underground with a new name during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, forever splitting their branch of the family from the rest; her grandmother Rosa, who ran an orphanage in the Urals for deaf-mute Jewish children; her Ukrainian grandfather Vasily, who disappeared during World War II and reappeared without explanation forty-one years later--and settled back into the family as if he'd never been gone; and her great-grandmother, whose name may have been Esther, who alone remained in Kiev and was killed by the Nazis. How do you talk about what you can't know, how do you bring the past to life? To answer this complex question, Petrowskaja visits the scenes of these events, reflecting on a fragmented and traumatized century and bringing to light family figures who threaten to drift into obscurity." -- Publisher's website.
Contents An exemplary story -- Rosa and the mute children -- My beautiful Poland -- In the world of unstructured matter -- Babi Yar -- Dedushka.
Subject Petrowskaja, Katja, 1970- -- Family.
Jews -- Ukraine -- Biography.
Jewish families -- Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Genre/Form Biographies.
Added Author Frisch, Shelley Laura, translator.
Added Title Vielleicht Esther. English
ISBN 9780062337542 (hardcover)
0062337548 (hardcover)

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