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‘Weil writes approximately savagery and ache with a brevity that during itself turns out the fiercest statement that may be made at the worst that existence has to offer.’ Philip Roth

‘Comic, sardonic and deeply relocating . . . we forget about such wealthy literature at our cultural peril.’ Simon Mawer

‘A really good, sour satire that gently becomes tragedy. Unmissable.’ The instances

‘A amazing novel . . . Jirí Weil used to be a author who witnessed the worst of this century and testified to his event in works of unflinching and mind-blowing literary vision.’ New York Times

‘Weil had merits that may in themselves make sure that his paintings stood out at the black mountain of Holocaust literature. He was once there.’ Guardian

SS officer Julius Schlesinger is ordered to take away the statue of the Jewish composer Mendelssohn from the roof of the Prague Academy of tune ahead of an legitimate live performance. uncertain which among the ornamental statues is Mendelssohn, he tells his males to take away the statue with the most important nostril. regrettably, this is often the statue of Wagner . . .

This darkly comedian and deeply relocating novel lines the transformation of normal lives throughout the Nazi profession of Prague. A Jewish guy works in a warehouse of confiscated estate, supplying the property of deported Jews to new vendors. small women conceal in an residence for weeks, catching glimpses of the area outdoors via cracks within the curtains. Weil tells the tale of the fight to outlive in a labyrinthine regime, the place humour, in addition to nice braveness, are required to keep wish and humanity.

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208 on the rebel John of Gischala; AJ i. 114 on King Abimelech), when he included moralistic assessments of his characters (of Herod the Great, 16 Introduction: Flavins Josephus and Flavian Rome for instance, at AJ 16. 1-5, 395-404; 17. 168-71; Mason 2003^: 570—1) or celebrated the simple agrarian life (Ap. 2. 293—4; AJ 18. 19 on the Essenes), when he described the foibles of Nero and Poppaea (BJ 2. 250-1; AJ 20. 196; Vit. 16), how would all of this have sounded against the grid of Roman assumptions?

Bowersock sees Josephus as part of an influential group of eastern aristocrats in Rome who not only gained the political and material support of the Flavian house, but also produced a 'new historiography that explained the Jews to the GraecoRoman world and the Romans to the Jews'; in other words, they were worth supporting since they might serve as mediators between Rome and one of the potentially most troublesome subject peoples of the Roman Empire. Daniel Schwartz in Chapter 3 pursues further the nexus between Rome and Judaea by asking why the Flavians never appointed Agrippa II client king of Judaea as a reward for his active support of the Romans during the 'war against the Judaeans'.

Jerome (Viv. ill. 13) goes back to Eusebius and cannot, therefore, be regarded as an independent source. 4 38 Josephus' Roman Audience son to Rome, reaching the city in the early part of the summer of 71 (Vit. 415—22). He lived in a house which Vespasian had occupied before being sent to put down the revolt in Judaea (Vit. 423). It would be rash to infer from this fact the existence of a close relationship between the two. Clients were sometimes put up, at least temporarily, in their patron's own house, and Josephus was a client (one of many) of the Flavian imperial house.

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