Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Thursday May 25, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Schlepping through the Alps

 

continued

Apple made his visit in 2001, shortly after Austria elected a right-wing extremist party that had played down Nazi atrocities. When he wants to ferret out anti-Semites, he walks through a city, first with a baseball cap labeled Austria to make potential sources comfortable, and then wearing a yarmulke, to see how they react. Feeling let down when the anti-Semitism he finds is more subtle than he expected, he confronts his own assumptions and prejudices. His romance with an Austrian woman, who has family links to the Nazis and participates in a no-racism group, overlaps and underscores the main story. Given to rumination, Apple worries that Irene's interest in him is a form of reparation for wrongs done to his people and that dark feelings linger beneath his attraction to her.

A 1998 U-M graduate who holds an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from Columbia, Apple has a sense of humor about himself. He is unafraid of contradictions and complexity, and in this open and honest account of his adventures, he raises more questions than he tries to answer. Readers will meet the sheep, the shepherd's family, and, finally, the anti-Semites in this book, Apple's first. Ann Arborites can meet Apple and Breuer at Hillel on Monday, April 4, for a reading, signing, and, yes, a singing.    (end of article)

[Originally published in April, 2005.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret
Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret
Ma Lou's
Ypsi chicken
Lee Lawrence
Another Reprieve for English Gardens
They'll be at Maple Village through year-end
Sally Mitani
Nightspots: Elks Lodge
Photo: The Chenille Sisters at Water Hill
Smokehouse 52 BBQ
Finding its strengths
M.B. Lewis
Chain Stores in Flux
What's next for Moosejaw and American Apparel?
Sally Mitani
Pauline Health
An affordable clinic moves and grows
Eve Silberman
Parking
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI
Greek Festival June 9-11, 2017
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017