“As always, Appelfeld’s style is affectingly spare. Out of the shards of [personal] experience, he has composed a tale of appalling symmetry. Among his many novels and stories of the Holocaust, Tzili best exemplifies Kafka’s bitter aphorism, ‘The arrows fit exactly in the wounds they have made.’ ”
Tzili is the youngest child of a large Jewish family in Eastern Europe. She differs from her siblings, her school performance is poor and she feels more comfortable at the fields than with people. So, when her terrified family leaves to escape the Nazis, she is left behind to guard the house. Soon, however, soldiers plunder the city, and Tzili seeks refuge in the forest. She wanders for some time until she meets a Jewish fugitive, Marek, and falls in love with him. Through unprecedented experiences, Tzili will mature and find the strength to survive. After the war she will start a new life.
Weight 350 g Dimensions 14.8 × 21 cm Binding Pages 208 Images Drawings