A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz (Paperback)

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Goran Rosenberg's memoir is a testament to the relationship between fathers and sons and to the enduring presence of the past. Setting out to explore his own childhood, Rosenberg discovers that his story cannot be told without first telling his father's--a man whose life inhabits two worlds, the before and after, born from the dark events of twentieth-century Europe. Rosenberg's writing is stunning and unsparing; while he addresses his father directly--the book is deftly written in the second person--A Brief Stop On the Road From Auschwitz addresses us all, making this truly an unforgettable and important book that should be read widely.

— Erin


This shattering memoir by a journalist about his father's attempt to survive the aftermath of Auschwitz in a small industrial town in Sweden won the prestigious August Prize

On August 2, 1947 a young man gets off a train in a small Swedish town to begin his life anew. Having endured the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the slave camps and transports during the final months of Nazi Germany, his final challenge is to survive the survival.

In this intelligent and deeply moving book, G ran Rosenberg returns to his own childhood to tell the story of his father: walking at his side, holding his hand, trying to get close to him. It is also the story of the chasm between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.

About the Author

Göran Rosenberg was born in 1948 in Sweden, where he is a well-known author. In 1970 he left academia to work as a journalist for Swedish television, radio, and print. He is the author of several books, including the highly acclaimed Det Förlorade landet [The Lost Land: A Personal History of Zionism, Messianism, and the State of Israel]. Sarah Death is a translator, literary scholar, and editor of the UK-based journalSwedish Book Review. Her translations from the Swedish include Ellen Mattson'sSnow, for which she won the Bernard Shaw Translation Prize. She lives and works in Kent, England.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781590518403
ISBN-10: 1590518403
Publisher: Other Press (NY)
Publication Date: February 28th, 2017
Pages: 336
Language: English