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A Sentence About a Sentence I Love: From Alfred Andersch’s Efraim’s Book

“On towards four in the morning it starts to rain.”

This wistful sigh of a first sentence opens Efraim’s Book, by Alfred Andersch (translated from the German by Ralph Manheim), a novel that, through a series of interwoven digressions that carry reader and narrator alike seamlessly through time and space, tells the story of an English journalist of German Jewish extraction confronting the past—not just his own past, but World War II and the Holocaust: a novel as hauntingly beautiful as it is unfairly forgotten.

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