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Mischling a novel by Affinity Konar

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Written in English


  • Buildings,
  • Auschwitz (Concentration camp),
  • World War, 1939-1945,
  • Twin sisters,
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945),
  • Concentration camps,
  • Nazis,
  • Fiction

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It"s 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele"s Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks--a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin--travel through Poland"s devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it.

Edition Notes

StatementAffinity Konar
LC ClassificationsPS3611.O5844 M57 2016
The Physical Object
Pagination344 pages
Number of Pages344
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL27213401M
ISBN 100316308102
ISBN 109780316308106

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In Mischling, the culmination of years of research, author Affinity Konar weaves an intensely emotional tale of sisters caught in the horrific experiments of Dr. Josef Mengele. It’s Mischling, Second Degree book. Read 25 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. The memoirs of a German girl who became a leader among the 4/5.   Mengele’s crimes form the backdrop of Affinity Konar’s affecting new novel, “Mischling,” which takes its title from the term the Nazis used to denote people of mixed heritage. Military service book for a Mischlinge German/Jew For comparative purposes, a person is considered Jewish under Halacha (Jewish law) if born from a Jewish mother or if she/he converted to Judaism according to established procedure. (There is no such thing as a "half-Jew" in Judaism, and the race or ancestry of converts is considered irrelevant.).

  In “Mischling,” her harrowing debut novel, Affinity Konar recounts this darkest of fairy tales — not collected by the Brothers Grimm, but with a different German : Ruth Franklin.   The synopsis at the beginning of this review is accurate, but it’s deceptive if it suggests that plot—or forward momentum of any kind—is an important element of the book. When it comes to craft, Konar is clearly most interested in language, in metaphor and invention. Surely, there are readers who will appreciate this. A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way /5(40). Affinity Konar’s World War II novel, Mischling (), tells the story of twin girls sent to Auschwitz who desperately try to keep each other alive. Critics praise the book for sensitively tackling the Holocaust and for showing readers that hope can found during even the worst times.