Vielleicht Esther

Katja Petrowskaja

Publisher: Suhrkamp


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.

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    Year:  2022
    Publisher:  Ebesede
    Translator:  Ana Grmek
    Country:  Slovenia
    Language:  Slovene
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    Year:  2019
    Publisher:  Buybook
    Translator:  Mira Đorđević
    Country:  Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Language:  Bosnian
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    Year:  2016
    Publisher:  Humanitas fiction
    Country:  Romania
    Language:  Romanian