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About the Author: Soma Morgenstern

Soma (real name Salomo) Morgenstern spent his childhood in various villages in Galicia. His father worked as a bailiff, but was also a Jewish scholar and fulfilled the functions of a prayer leader in the area where the Morgensterns lived at that time.

Morgenstern's upbringing was not only religious but also multilingual. In his childhood memories Ukrainian was his first language, though Yiddish became his native tongue. He also learned ancient Hebrew in order to understand religious texts, and sometimes went to Polish, sometimes Ukrainian village schools, in which he was also taught German. German would later be the language in which he wrote, in large part because his father held the language in high esteem.

After he left grammar school Morgenstern went to Vienna to study law in 1912, where his studies were interrupted by his military service during the First World War, meaning he only graduated in 1921. Afterwards he worked as, among others, as the Vienna correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung and moved in the intellectual circles of Vienna, and was befriended by, for example, the composer Alban Berg and the authors Joseph Roth and Robert Musil.

In March 1938 he fled Vienna via France (where he was repeatedly detained as a "foreign enemy") to New York in 1941, where he lived until his death in 1976. His son Dan Morgenstern is a well-known jazz historian, critic, lecturer and archivist at Rutgers University.

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Paperback, Published in Jan 1970 by Editorial Funambulista

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788496601734

Page count: 670

Soma Morgenstern (saludado en su día por Robert Musil, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Roth o Walter Benjamín como uno de los grandes autores del siglo XX) escribió en los años 30 (y acabó en 1943) la que sin duda es una de las mejores sagas judeo-alemanas jamás escritas: Destellos en el abismo.En esta nueva entrega —que puede leerse independientemente de las otras entregas—, Idilio en el exilio, se narran con una autenticidad, una pureza y una belleza inigualables las vivencias de Alfred Wohylewski, joven vienés converso que ha dejado atrás a su madre viuda y su cómoda vida universitaria para irse a vivir con su tío judío a la hacienda familiar, situada en el confín eslavo de lo que fuera el Imperio austro-húngaro, allí donde la tradición jasídica es todavía muy vivaz…

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