“With remarkable economy and finesse . . . unsentimentally and vividly, Edelman re-creates the chaos, the din, and the brutality as everything was stolen from Warsaw’s Jews in the winter of 1940.” Washington Post Book World
The Train to Warsaw
978-0-8021-2384-8 • $14.00 • Paperback • Apr. 2015
“Edelman’s intimate tale lets us eavesdrop on a couple’s return to Warsaw, traversing decades of conflict, betrayal, and secrecyin war as in marriage. Love, it turns out, may be the only country one ever has hopes of returning home to.” André Aciman
Jascha and Lilka flee separately from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Years later they are reunited in London, where Jascha has become a celebrated writer, feted for his dark tales about his wartime adventures. One day, forty years after the war, Jascha receives a letter inviting him to give a reading in Warsaw. He tells Lilka that nothing remains of the city they knew, but Lilka, nostalgic for the city of her childhood, prevails. Together, traveling by train through a frozen December landscape, they return to an unrecognizable Warsaw. When they unwittingly find themselves back in what was once the ghetto, they will discover that there are still secrets between them.
A riveting story of the nature of desire and the cost of survival, The Train to Warsaw is a haunting and unforgettable portrait of a man and a woman who cannot escape their past.