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Underappreciated: Gregor von Rezzori's Memoirs of an Anti-Semite

Monday, August 11, 2008

In Gregor von Rezzori's semi-autobiographical satire, Memoirs of an Anti-Semite, the narrator looks back on a lifetime of fascination with and hatred of Jews. Elie Wiesel has said that Rezzori's voice "echoes with the disturbing and wonderful magic of a true storyteller." Deborah Eisenberg, who wrote the introduction to the New York Review of Books edition of the novel, joins us to explain why this book should be on your summer reading list.

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Comments [3]

Wish Eisenberg had mentioned Von Rezzori's most ambitious work, "The Death of My Brother Abel" (my favorite title of all time), about WW II and post-war Yu-rop, as I think the book spelled it. (The novel had been translated into English, as had a dozen of VR's works) "Abel" deserved its own program, but I can understand why it couldn't be tackled in 18 1/2 minutes.

Aug. 13 2011 05:27 PM
Max from NY

I'll say this: Ms. Eisenberg is straight out of central casting- she speaks with the affectation of the person she so wishes to be. She would have to be invented if she didn't exist.

Aug. 11 2008 05:00 PM
Dianne Martin from Manhattan

My book circle is meeting tomorrow night to discuss this book. It was a riveting read. The urbane and charming narrator was so chilling in his narrowness and egocentricity. His ability to mimic with such skill and his inability for compassion seemed so at odds with one another.

Aug. 11 2008 01:20 PM

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