Appelfeld, who wrote more than 40 books, all in Hebrew, was haunted by the Holocaust, but he hardly ever wrote about the camp experience, instead concentrating on the event's historical margins. Typical of Appelfeld's work is his novel, Badenheim 1939 (1975, tr. 1980), which details the agreeable Austrian vacation of a Jewish family as they ignore the portents of impending tragedy. Among his other translated novels are The Age of Wonders (1978, tr. 1981), Tzili (1982, tr. 1983), To the Land of the Cattails (tr. 1986), Katerina (1989, tr. 1992), Iron Tracks (1991, tr. 1998), Laish (1994, tr. 2009), Until the Dawn's Light (1995, tr. 2011), The Conversion (1998, tr. 1999), Suddenly, Love (2003, tr. 2014), Blooms of Darkness (2006, tr. 2010), and The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping (2010, tr. 2017).
See his Beyond Despair: Three Lectures and a Conversation with Philip Roth (1994) and his memoir The Story of a Life (2004); studies by G. Ramras-Rauch (1994), Y. Shvarts (2001), and M. Brown, ed. (2002).
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