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Seghers, Anna, 1900-19832021
An existential, political, literary thriller that explores the plight of the refugee with extraordinary compassion and insight. Having escaped from a Nazi concentration camp in Germany and later a camp in Rouen, the nameless twenty-seven-year-old narrator of Seghers's multilayered masterpiece finds himself in the dusty seaport of Marseille. Along the way he is asked to deliver a letter to a writer named Weidel in Paris, who he discovered has killed himself, leaving behind a suitcase containing letters and the manuscript of a novel. As he makes his way to Marseille to find Weidel's widow, the narrator assumes the identity of a refugee named Seidler, though the authorities think he is really Weidel. There in the giant waiting room of Marseille, the narrator converses with the refugees, listening to their stories over pizza and wine, while also gradually piecing together the story of Weidel, whose manuscript has shattered the narrator's "deathly boredom," bringing him to a deeper awareness of the transitory world the refugees inhabit as they wait and wait for that most precious of possessions: transit papers.
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Transit / Anna Seghers; translated by from the German by Margot Bettauer Dembo ; introduction by Stuart Evers.
Seghers, Anna, 1900-1983, authorDembo, Margot Bettauer, translatorEvers, Stuart, author of introduction
London : Virago, 2021.©2013
xii, 274 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in German in 1944.This translation originally published: New York: New York Review Books, 2013.Translated from the German.
9780349014708 (pbk)9780349014708
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Hampton LibraryAdult Fiction - GeneralSEGHAvailable
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