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The international-bestelling saga of a large and colourful Jewish family buffeted from quiet respectability-of-sorts in 1871 to the Nazi death camps of 1945

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Charles Lewinsky studied German literature and theatre studies in Zurich and Berlin. Among the numerous novels that he has written, he received the Schiller Prize Z?rcher Kantonalbank for his novel St. John's (2001) and was nominated for the 2011 Swiss Book Prize for Gerron (2012). He lives in Zurich and the French Vereux.


Stunning... A meaty saga about a Swiss-Jewish family and their fortunes from 1870 to the Second World War... The Meijers face misery, but the book is full of love and laughter, too * The Times *
A novel of humour and charm... Reminiscent of the radio adaptation of War and Peace, with the joie de vivre and melancholic tug of Fiddler on the Roof * Independent *
This epic family saga is finally published in English...a rich and textured portrait of a normal, imperfect family dealing with everyday challenges * Irish Examiner *
The reader lives, loves and suffers with the characters... Charles Lewinsky has written a real page-turner * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany) *
An outstanding novel of a quality only seldom met with... This reviewer cannot remember having read such an extensive book in the last few years as swiftly, easily and inquisitively as this one * Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland) *

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