Aharon Appelfeld: The Iron Tracks

(Fiction, 208 pp. Hebrew, 1991; English translation, 1998)

Each year, Erwin Siegelbaum takes to the rails for months on end, canvassing the small towns of Austria in quest of Jewish ritual objects that have survived their owners. In an extended monologue related over the course of one such journey, Siegelbaum reveals the memories that haunt him, his growing isolation as fellow survivors die out, and his persistent fantasy of revenge.  

  • Review by Jonathan Rosen, New York Times, February 15, 1998
  • Review by Richard Eder, Los Angeles Times, February 25, 1998