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טמיון ⚡ [PDF] ✍ טמיון By Aharon Appelfeld ✵ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Our story opens in an Austrian city two generations before the Holocaust where almost all of the Jews have converted to Christianity Today the church bells are pealing for Karl an ambitious young civi Our story opens in an Austrian city two generations before the Holocaust where almost all of the Jews have converted to Christianity Today the church bells are pealing for Karl an ambitious young civil servant whose conversion will clear his path to a coveted high government post Karl's future looks bright but with his promotion comes a political crisis that turns his conversion into a baptism by fire unexpectedly reuniting Karl with his past and forcing him to take a stand he could never have imagined.

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  1. Yair Ben-Zvi Yair Ben-Zvi says:

    A numbing and depressive but altogether an excellently sharp and bracing book Aharon Appelfeld's 'The Conversion' is written as both the story of an individual and as a parablemetaphor likened to the fighting of the tides or the efforts of rational but flawed people in the early stages of an horrific catastropheAmong the Israeli writers I've read so far Oz Yehoshua a bit of Kaniuk and Agnon as well as Keret Appelfeld distinguishes himself from the rest at least I can say in this work as this is the first of his I've read in writing about the past of Jews and Judaism as opposed to the Jews and Judaism of Israel's present Eschewing politics and absolutist judgments so prevalent among those who look upon history especially Jewish history in exilethe diaspora as something to be downplayed ignored re written or even just spat upon by offering no easy answers to complicated and dire circumstancesThe protagonist of the novel Karl is a convert from Judaism to Christianity in an Austrian town where most of the Jews have indeed converted as well The circumstances regarding his conversion are social and bureaucratic he basically wishes to ease the friction in his life engendered by his being Jewish in a non Jewish world and rise up the ranks in the municipal government Appelfeld neither condemns nor condones this decision rather he very wisely leaves it to the reader to decide for a time He Appelfeld offers the readers multiple perspectives on judgment regarding the conversion there are the Jews who are rightly disgusted by the apostates and consider them something less than human animal even yet who offer nothing in the way of consolation or sympathy And given the circumstances again Appelfeld shows the justifications for the act of conversion less as a solution but as a grasping at straws move of desperation for an oppressed people to basically live like human beings in the voices and characters of not only those who also converted but of those who do possess than an iota of human compassion and the capacity to understand One of the funnier aspects of the novel black comedy without a doubt that arises from all this is the actual NON IMPORTANCE of religion but rather the corresponding label that each religious title stamps into each person essentially the title of 'the big them' and 'the little us' silent and ambivalent many times malicious majority and cornered and frightened and cutting and brutal in its own way minorityThe apostate Jews in this story are shown as being part of a fringe state Hated by many of their own and still distrusted by those they've tried to appease they become a smaller minority within an already microcosmic minorityLike I said before no easy answers are given to Karl's situation Needless to say without giving away the events of the plot or the story's conclusion things end very grimly But to depict the end of these characters in any other way would have certainly rung false and come off as something like a sad and cheap attempt at revisionist history fairy tale creation Appelfeld hits hard in this book sparing little and showing a cold time in history for all involved A great and haunting story at times even seeming necessary no matter the brutality of the content

  2. Pep Bonet Pep Bonet says:

    I must admit that it took me some time to understand where this book was going but then it all becomes clear The Austro Hungarian Empire is disintegrating We don't know when the history takes place but it's certainly in the last years of the Empire In the towns of Austria some Jews are merchants and despised by many but many others are secular and slowly are converting into Catholicism for practical reasons or to get rid of the strictures of a religious life Karl is a successful public servant non observant and ambitious He converts only to start a journey into his Jewishness It is the maid a girl from the provinces meaning Ruthenia in her case not much older than Karl who will be the trigger of his progressive change into a defender of the poor Jews against the racism they suffer The rest is a descent into hell into bellicosity and a violence in him that contrasts with the meek acceptation of the observant Jews I had some difficulty accepting the American like violence in the late Karl but couldn't forget the violence lived by the author in his own life But stillAll in all it is a good depiction of the situation of the Jews in both an urban and a rural environment and opens the door to an aftermath of pogroms and eventually the elimination of most of the communities dispersed across the Empires of the day

  3. Lauren Lauren says:

    I have read several other books by Appelfeld and this was not a favorite It was thought provoking but he has said what he is saying here better in other novels I do admire his style though restrained elliptical spare

  4. Francesco Beroldo Francesco Beroldo says:

    Personally I found it as the most painful read of all Appelfeld novels but also one of his bestAs the story develops and the main character realises the true import of his apostasy he starts rediscovering his roots whilst realising how he is now perceived by most Christians and Jews alikeHe's man who has to live mostly alone making the most of the odd encounter with his few old friends which he rediscovers The flashbacks to his youth and the present demeanour of his friends is partly just a reflection on ageing but also on the impact of apostasy on their lives and their relations with the world around them that has changed for the worst He finds comfort and love unexpectedly and from a woman that is not Jewish but embodies Judaism values in whatever form she can emulate the practices she was imbued with living in a Jewish family thus carrying on the spiritual heritage of his ancestors and his parents that he did not embrace Their relationship is at odds with his social standing as everything else from his pastAt the cost of losing his identity and acceptance as a convert he pursues generous acts of civic duty and heroism in his own small town; finally escapism lets him breath in a sense of freedom and redemption for a short while eventually in the new idyllic settings he can't tolerate his isolation and can only find some solace in the village tavern where his further degradation is inexorable and from where he pursues his own hopeless lonely battle against antisemitism and social injustice as even there the sentiments of envy and hate run high and violence and danger are even present than in his old town it is a recurrent them in the author novels Through all this his companion faithfully stays at his side unable to change the course of the events but making a substantial difference as through all his emotional upheavals and radical decisions she is undoubtedly the unspoken source of his daring and the reason to hope to find a way out of the morass he had found himselfWould the character life have panned out differently had he succeeded to study at university in the capital and avoided the trap of a secure position in the bureaucracy of the town administration? It would have but probably it would not have brought to the fore his firm resolution to champion injustice and his insuppressible urge to turn the tables and go against all he accepted for the sake of his career at the expense of his moral and spiritual dimensionI thought that the character of the parish priest would have been dealt harshly but he his not; it is the prevalent social order and example and maybe pressure of of other converts that did tilt the balance in the main character's case; he seems to be critical of father Mercer only later on when he finds out about the conversion of a very old woman which seemed to him unnecessary and showed the real pursuit for Jewish souls of the priest

  5. Richard Richard says:

    As with Appelfeld's other books this one portrays the struggles Jews face in a hostile and at times dangerous world In this instance the setting is a small town in late 19thearly 20th century Austria where most of the younger generation of educated Jewish men who have ambitions to succeed in their careers and to be accepted by mainstream Christian society leave their Jewish faith and convert to the Church Over the course of the book Appelfeld powerfully portrays the price that 3 of these men as well as some other lesser characters pay for their fateful decision For some it is their physical health For others it is their mental health and their spiritual well being Without giving away too much of the drama of the book I can note that none of them escape the far reaching conseuences of their fateful decision The prose in this book is as straightforward and clear as his other ones are In this case Appelfeld might have done a little editing Or perhaps the translation was successful This is because this book's style is a bit smoother and easier to read than some of his others He provides just enough description of his characters for the reader to grasp them and their struggles but not so much as to get embroiled in a lot of detail If anything I wish he had provided a little of their 'history' in that regard The topics covered and the characters' lives however are still just as thought provoking and in some ways distressing as they are in his other books Appelfeld doesn't shy away from how hard it was to be a Jew in Europe For that he deserves kudos and in this instance a 45 rating

  6. Simon Freeman Simon Freeman says:

    One of Appelfeld's most brilliant allegories and a play on the early century encouraged conversion of diaspora Jews to Christianity So much for the current times both the political and the personal Don't blame the minorities they're human beings too they have sleepless nights and aches and painsBut they're the children of satanThere are no children of Satan There are good people and bad peopleWhat are you Mister an Austrian or a Jew?I'm a human beingBut the personal is so much affectingThis wasn't the city he once loved From every corner a drunken or wicked face popped up He lost faith in the possibility of doing good and being rewarded for it He saw the other officials as a buzzing swarm of bees that stood in the way of the public good

  7. Ben Ben says:

    After reading this book I'm not sure what to think about it I can say that it was a pretty easy read with heavy themes It was kind of like a combination of Kafka 1984 and Catch 22 though I haven't read that one yet The author offers perspective though he a was born about a generation later on what it was like to live as a Jew in the early 20th century before the Great Wars and I'm not sure that I really ever thought about what it would be like to live then and there beforeAs an aside I was also amused that the protagonist had the same last name as me which my father's side of the family had adopted so as to appear less conspicuous to the rising anti Semitism of mid 20th century Europe

  8. Dani Meier Dani Meier says:

    Thought it was thought provoking I did not love this book I know history wrote the end of the novel yet I felt unsatisfied I kept expecting something huge to happen some grandiose action to be taken and yet it never was Plus the nanny man child relationship irked me just a bit and this was the sensational love story aspect of the book?

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