Memoirs Of An Anti-semite: A Novel in Five Stories

byGregor Von RezzoriIntroduction byDeborah Eisenberg

December 4, 2007|
Memoirs Of An Anti-semite: A Novel in Five Stories by Gregor Von Rezzori
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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.

Lyrical, witty, satirical, and unblinking, Gregor von Rezzori’s most controversial work is an intimate foray into the emotional underworld of modern European history.
Gregor von Rezzori (1914—1998) studied at the University of Vienna and for a time lived in Bucharest. In Germany, after World War II, he became active as a writer and in radio broadcasting and filmmaking activities. American readers first discovered is writing in English with the appearance of his story, "Troth," in The New Y...
Title:Memoirs Of An Anti-semite: A Novel in Five StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.7 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 8 X 5 X 0.7 inPublished:December 4, 2007Publisher:New York Review BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590172469

ISBN - 13:9781590172469

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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