A IS FOR AUSTRIA and R IS FOR ROMANIA
My favorite kinds of books are on otherness, and this one, despite the name that made me, a quarter-Jewish woman, a little uneasy, is a great example. It is both an interesting coming of age story set in the shifting lands of early 20th century Europe as well as a query of othering, in this case, of the Jewish population. So happy we read an excerpt from it in a mistranslation workshop with Peg Boyers at Columbia, and I was prompted to discover more.
Memoirs of an Antisemite by Gregor von Rezzori
Translated by Joachim Neugroschel
Published by NYRB Classics in 2007