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The Eighth Sin - Stefan Kanfer

André Deutsch [Andre Deutsch], 1979, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Dust Wrapper. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers, heavier so on the edges of the flaps with light spotting to the inside of the flaps. Text complete, clean and tight but a little age-tanned.

First in this edition. [First: New York: Random House, 1978] From the cover: “The word ‘gypsy’ suggests romantic images of fortune-tellers, thieves and dark-eyed lovers. But for Benoit, the protagonist of Stefan Kanfer’s gripping novel, it has other associations. Himself a gypsy whose family was killed at Auschwitz, he cannot forget that many thousands of his people were exterminated by the Nazis. Many of them were children, but Benoit was one of the lucky ones: he found his way to England and was adopted by a bohemian American communist and his wife. He shows a talent for drawing, first exhibited on London pavements, and eventually, after a spell in a reformatory for shoplifting, achieves success as an artist in New York. Along the way he is taken up by a number of memorable characters — Otis, a cool delinquent turned pop star, Mordecai, a born survivor who tries to persuade everyone he meets to speak Yiddish, and Inger, a beautiful, damaged folk singer who becomes his wife. But though Benoit understands why those who love him want him to forget his past, it nevertheless exists within him as a model of reality against which prosperity and marriage look absurd. The one hard fact in his life is Eleazar Jassy, a gypsy collaborator whose image haunts him. Killing Jassy is the only way in which the eighth sin — forgetfulness — can be expiated, and Benoit’s determination to hunt him down leads the novel to a shattering climax.”
Size: 8" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 288
ISBN: 0233970673

£6.50