A Childhood by Jona Oberski

A Childhood by Jona Oberski

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An incredibly powerful novel of the horrors of war told from a child's perspective: A small boy grows up in Amsterdam, making sand pies, playing with his favourite jumping jack toy, visiting his father's office as a treat. He is loved. Then men with guns come in the night to take them away, and the familiar world of his childhood is destroyed.

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An Irish Times Book of the Year A small boy grows up in Amsterdam, making sand pies, playing with his favourite jumping jack toy, visiting his father's office as a treat. He is loved. Then men with guns come in the night to take them away, and the familiar world of his childhood is destroyed. In this searing, spare novel Jona Oberski, who was transported to Bergen-Belsen as a young boy, recreates the state of childhood with unblinking, almost unbearable clarity. Conveying the joy of family life and the terror of separation, these vivid, haunting snapshots of memory have the darkness and strangeness of the most terrible fairy tale, as a child tries to understand the horror unfolding around him. Jona Oberski was born in 1938 in Amsterdam. He studied and worked there as a nuclear and particle research physicist, and still lives there with his wife Froukje Slijper. He is the father of three sons, two from an earlier marriage. e novel Jona Oberski, who was transported to Bergen-Belsen as a young boy, recreates the state of childhood with unblinking, almost unbearable clarity. Conveying the joy of family life and the terror of separation, these vivid, haunting snapshots of memory have the darkness and strangeness of the most terrible fairy tale, as a child tries to understand the horror unfolding around him. 'A compelling, brilliant evocation of life, terror and white lies as experienced by a small boy' Philippe Sands 'What to say about it other than to admit that it approaches perfection?...a rare achievement and a delight' John Self 'It will shock, move you to tears and fill you with despair at man's inhumanity...Admirably understated, his story is haunting, strange and terrible' Daily Mail Jona Oberski was born in 1938 in Amsterdam. He studied and worked there as a nuclear and particle research physicist, and still lives there with his wife Froukje Slijper. He is the father of three sons, two from an earlier marriage.

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SKU GOR006164067
Title A Childhood
Author By (author) Jona Oberski
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Pushkin Press
Year Published 2014
Number of Pages 144
ISBN 10 1782270671
ISBN 13 9781782270676
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
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An Irish Times Book of the Year A small boy grows up in Amsterdam, making sand pies, playing with his favourite jumping jack toy, visiting his father's office as a treat. He is loved. Then men with guns come in the night to take them away, and the familiar world of his childhood is destroyed. In this searing, spare novel Jona Oberski, who was transported to Bergen-Belsen as a young boy, recreates the state of childhood with unblinking, almost unbearable clarity. Conveying the joy of family life and the terror of separation, these vivid, haunting snapshots of memory have the darkness and strangeness of the most terrible fairy tale, as a child tries to understand the horror unfolding around him. Jona Oberski was born in 1938 in Amsterdam. He studied and worked there as a nuclear and particle research physicist, and still lives there with his wife Froukje Slijper. He is the father of three sons, two from an earlier marriage. e novel Jona Oberski, who was transported to Bergen-Belsen as a young boy, recreates the state of childhood with unblinking, almost unbearable clarity. Conveying the joy of family life and the terror of separation, these vivid, haunting snapshots of memory have the darkness and strangeness of the most terrible fairy tale, as a child tries to understand the horror unfolding around him. 'A compelling, brilliant evocation of life, terror and white lies as experienced by a small boy' Philippe Sands 'What to say about it other than to admit that it approaches perfection?...a rare achievement and a delight' John Self 'It will shock, move you to tears and fill you with despair at man's inhumanity...Admirably understated, his story is haunting, strange and terrible' Daily Mail Jona Oberski was born in 1938 in Amsterdam. He studied and worked there as a nuclear and particle research physicist, and still lives there with his wife Froukje Slijper. He is the father of three sons, two from an earlier marriage.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006164067
Title A Childhood
Author By (author) Jona Oberski
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Paperback
Publisher Pushkin Press
Year Published 2014
Number of Pages 144
ISBN 10 1782270671
ISBN 13 9781782270676
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.