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Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (1979) [Novel]
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The elusive narrator of this beautifully written, complex, and powerfully disconcerting novel is the scion of a decayed aristocratic family from the farther reaches of the defunct Austro-Hungarian Empire. In five psychologically fraught episodes, he revisits his past, from adolescence to middle age, a period that coincides with the twentieth-century’s ugliest years. Central to each episode is what might be called the narrator’s Jewish Question. He is no Nazi. To the contrary, he is apolitical, accommodating, cosmopolitan. He has Jewish friends and Jewish lovers, and their Jewishness is a matter of abiding fascination to him. His deepest and most defining relationship may even be the strange dance of attraction and repulsion that throughout his life he has conducted with this forbidden, desired, inescapable, imaginary Jewish other. And yet it is just his relationship that has blinded him to–and makes him complicit in–the terrible realities his era.

Original title: Memoiren eines Antisemiten
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionHistoricalWorld War II
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: Memoirs of an Anti-Semite

Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (1981)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Joachim Neugroschel
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Manifested in:

Memoirs of an Anti-Semite (December 2007)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9781590172469
Pages: 320

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