The Tree of Life, Book Two: From the Depths I Call You, 1940–1942 (Library of World Fiction) (Paperback)

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This volume describes the lives of the novel’s protagonists in the Lodz Ghetto at the beginning of World War II. Chava Rosenfarb, herself a survivor of the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen, draws on her own history to create realistic characters who struggle daily to retain a sense of humanity and dignity despite the physical and psychological effects of ghetto life. Although horrendous experiences are depicted, the light of faith in the human spirit shines through this novel’s every page.

About the Author

Chava Rosenfarb is a Holocaust survivor who has published poetry, prose, and drama in both English and Yiddish. Her English titles include Bociany and Of Lodz and Love. She now resides in Alberta, Canada.

Praise For…

“A work that rises to the heights of the great creations of world literature and towers powerfully over the Jewish literature of the Holocaust.”—Decision of the Jury for the Manger Prize for Yiddish Literature

“With your work you give artistic meaning to an epoch of Jewish experience that is so unbelievably brutal that it is not possible for those who were never there to grasp the full breadth of its horrors. Your manner of conveying the ghetto life is, however, of such scope and literary power that the reader feels himself to be living with you.”—Decision of the Jury for the J. J. Segal Prize for Yiddish and Hebrew Literature for the Year 1972

"Combining fiction and documentary to follow the fate of numerous characters over the course of several years, her trilogy carries the amplitude of a Victorian three-decker novel: Her 1,000 pages are filled with Dickensian characteristics, as well as elements from the Yiddish masters: Sholom Aleichem, I. L. Peretz and Mendele Mocher Seforim. . . . The University of Wisconsin Press is to be congratulated for publishing this monumental tribute." -- Michael Greenstein, in the Toronto Globe and Mail

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299209247
ISBN-10: 0299209245
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: September 20th, 2005
Pages: 408
Language: English
Series: Library of World Fiction