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Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz in Jewish Memory (Hardback)

Marianne Hirsch, Leo Spitzer

Edité par University of California Press, United States, 2011
ISBN 10: 0520257723 / ISBN 13: 9780520257726
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Titre : Ghosts of Home: The Afterlife of Czernowitz ...

Éditeur : University of California Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2011

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre : New

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Language: English . Brand New Book. In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the Vienna of the East under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German Eastern European culture vanished after World War II - yet an idealized version lives on, suspended in the memories of its dispersed people and passed down to their children like a precious and haunted heirloom. In this original blend of history and communal memoir, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer chronicle the city s survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostalgic lore - but also of oppression, shattered promises, and shadows of the Holocaust in Romania. Hirsch and Spitzer present the first historical account of Jewish Czernowitz in the English language and offer a profound analysis of memory s echo across generations. N° de réf. du libraire AAH9780520257726

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Synopsis : In modern-day Ukraine, east of the Carpathian Mountains, there is an invisible city. Known as Czernowitz, the 'Vienna of the East' under the Habsburg empire, this vibrant Jewish-German Eastern European culture vanished after World War II - yet an idealized version lives on, suspended in the memories of its dispersed people and passed down to their children like a precious and haunted heirloom. In this original blend of history and communal memoir, Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer chronicle the city's survival in personal, familial, and cultural memory. They find evidence of a cosmopolitan culture of nostalgic lore - but also of oppression, shattered promises, and shadows of the Holocaust in Romania. Hirsch and Spitzer present the first historical account of Jewish Czernowitz in the English language and offer a profound analysis of memory's echo across generations.

Critique: "[This] monumental book ... is a stunning marriage of intellectual curiosity and personal search. [It] reads with the poignancy of memoir, yet in a collective voice... The overarching authorial voice is nuanced and reflective but also informed. " Pri's The World 20100407 "Hirsch and Spitzer expose the complex layers that inform our understanding of the past." Jewish Book World 20100706 "Unique ... Ghosts of Home collects the fragments of one place and provides us with an artifact that is as close as we will ever come to 'perfect rest.'" Tikkun Magazine 20101110 "An interesting volume." German Studies Review 20110603 "Eminently readable... Hirsch's depiction of prewar Jewish life is masterful." -- Norman Ravvin Canadian Jewish News 20120426 "The ability to observe, evaluate, and contextualize habits and specific objects is one of the greatest strengths of this book." Austrian History Yearbook 20110511

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