For Every Sin

by Aron Appelfeld

Book, 1989



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New York : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, c1989.


In For Every Sin, Aharon Appelfeld, recounts the moving and unforgettable story of Theo, a young Holocaust survivor struggling to come to terms with his experience. A student when he was first imprisoned, Theo is a young man who has lost his family and friends and wants nothing more than to return to his home. In a desperate attempt to escape the pain of the camps, he sets out to walk across Europe, determined to remain alone until he has regained his strength. In the nightmarish world he enters, haunted by images from his past and continually reunited with fellow survivors, he is forced to come face to face with his own demons and the human condition from which he cannot escape.

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LibraryThing member SqueakyChu
This turned out to be such a haunting, moving story. The last two paragraphs brought me to tears. It's a novel about Theo, a young man who was released from the camps in the Ukraine. He planned to walk by himself across Europe to his home town of Baden-bei-Wein in Austria. Along the way, he tried
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to avoid other survivors, but he did encounter them from time to time. His exchanges of conversation, hot coffee, and cigarettes, were fraught with a heaviness of spirit. On many occasions, he remembered or imagined conversations with his mother, a bloved free spirit but mentally ill, and with his dad, a serious rather distant paternal figure.

This is a story of the Holocaust, but not a story of atrocities. It is a story of feeling and what it was like tobe a survivor. It gives the sense of alienation and the uncertainty if there was or was not something for which to hope.
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