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1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a reputation for himself as one of the few honest Jews in Endingen, a rare Swiss town in which Jews are allowed to reside. He leads a largely untroubled life, rewarded by his work and comforted at home by his wife and two daughters. But all of this is set to end when he answers a knock at the door in the middle of the night. On the doorstep stands his young distant cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for refuge. The pitiful figure is invited in and given a coveted place in the bosom of the family, but when Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he will change the Meijer family's lives for generations to come...
In the tradition of the great family romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer family, spanning five generations from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II. It is a novel of fate, fortune and great falls; a homage to the sunken world of yiddish culture and a celebration of the enduring spirit of biting Jewish humour.
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Number of pages: 640
Weight: 459 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 42 mm
A novel of humour and charm... Reminiscent of the radio adaptation of War and Peace, with the joie de vivre and melancholic tug of Fiddler on the Roof * Independent *
This epic family saga is finally published in English...a rich and textured portrait of a normal, imperfect family dealing with everyday challenges * Irish Examiner *
The reader lives, loves and suffers with the characters... Charles Lewinsky has written a real page-turner * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) *
An outstanding novel of a quality only seldom met with... This reviewer cannot remember having read such an extensive book in the last few years as swiftly, easily and inquisitively as this one * Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland) *
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