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The Resource Maybe Esther : a family story, Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch

Maybe Esther : a family story, Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch

Label
Maybe Esther : a family story
Title
Maybe Esther
Title remainder
a family story
Statement of responsibility
Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch
Creator
Contributor
Author
Translator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • ger
  • eng
Summary
"An inventive, unique, and extraordinarily moving literary debut that pieces together the fascinating story of one woman's family across twentieth-century Russia, Ukraine, Poland, and Germany. Katja Petrowskaja wanted to create a kind of family tree, charting relatives who had scattered across multiple countries and continents. Her idea blossomed into this striking and highly original work of narrative nonfiction, an account of her search for meaning within the stories of her ancestors. In a series of short meditations, Petrowskaja delves into family legends, introducing a remarkable cast of characters: Judas Stern, her great-uncle, who shot a German diplomatic attaché in 1932 and was sentenced to death; her grandfather Semyon, who went underground with a new name during the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, forever splitting their branch of the family from the rest; her grandmother Rosa, who ran an orphanage in the Urals for deaf-mute Jewish children; her Ukrainian grandfather Vasily, who disappeared during World War II and reappeared without explanation forty-one years later--and settled back into the family as if he'd never been gone; and her great-grandmother, whose name may have been Esther, who alone remained in Kiev and was killed by the Nazis. How do you talk about what you can't know, how do you bring the past to life? To answer this complex question, Petrowskaja visits the scenes of these events, reflecting on a fragmented and traumatized century and bringing to light family figures who threaten to drift into obscurity."
Member of
Assigning source
-- Publisher's website
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
YDX
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Petrowskaja, Katja
Dewey number
834/.92
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PT2716.E76
LC item number
V5413 2018
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Frisch, Shelley Laura
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Petrowskaja, Katja
  • Jews
  • Jewish families
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary Figures
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs
  • HISTORY / Jewish
  • Families
  • Jewish families
  • Jews
  • Ukraine
Label
Maybe Esther : a family story, Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"First published in Germany as Vielleicht Esther by Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin in 2014"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An exemplary story -- Rosa and the mute children -- My beautiful Poland -- In the world of unstructured matter -- Babi Yar -- Dedushka
Control code
986956422
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780062337542
Lccn
2017278415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)986956422
Label
Maybe Esther : a family story, Katja Petrowskaja ; translated from the German by Shelley Frisch
Publication
Note
"First published in Germany as Vielleicht Esther by Suhrkamp Verlag Berlin in 2014"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
An exemplary story -- Rosa and the mute children -- My beautiful Poland -- In the world of unstructured matter -- Babi Yar -- Dedushka
Control code
986956422
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
viii, 254 pages
Isbn
9780062337542
Lccn
2017278415
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)986956422

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