By Hans Keilson
[1944 Diary] is a deeply own account, made much more striking that it was once written in the course of global struggle II and the horrors of the Holocaust . . . A relocating and interesting read." —Library Journal
In 2010, FSG released novels via the German- Jewish author Hans Keilson: Comedy in a Minor Key—written in 1944 whereas Keilson was once in hiding within the Netherlands, first released in German in 1947, and not prior to in English—and The demise of the Adversary, all started in 1944 and released in 1959, additionally in German. With their Chekhovian sympathy for perpetrators and bystanders in addition to for sufferers and resisters, Keilson’s novels have been, as Francine Prose acknowledged at the entrance web page of The New York instances ebook Review, “masterpieces” by means of “a genius” on her checklist of “the world’s very maximum writers.” Keilson was once 100 years previous, alive and good and ready to get pleasure from his belated fame.
1944 Diary, rediscovered between Keilson’s papers almost immediately after his dying, covers 9 months he spent in hiding in Delft with participants of a Dutch resistance crew, having an affair with a more youthful Jewish lady in hiding a couple of blocks away and striving to make an ethical and inventive lifestyles for himself because the warfare and the Holocaust raged round him. For readers accustomed to Keilson’s novels in addition to these new to his paintings, this diary is an incomparable non secular X-ray of the brain and center at the back of the paintings: a checklist of survival and creativity in what Keilson referred to as “the most important yr of my life.”
Offering additional perception into Keilson are the sonnets he wrote for his lover, Hanna Sanders, which look in translation behind this volume.
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1944 Diary by Hans Keilson