Aharon Appelfeld, esteemed Israeli novelist and Holocaust survivor, dies at 85


January 04, 2018 15:51:46 IST

Jerusalem: Aharon Appelfeld, acclaimed Israeli novelist and World War II survivor who became a leading voice in Holocaust literature, has died. He was 85.

Appelfeld was born in Romania before the rise of the Nazis, lost his mother in the mass murder of Jews during World War II and was only reunited with his father 20 years later.

Aharon Appelfeld. Image from Twitter

Aharon Appelfeld. Image from Twitter

He later rose to become one of Israel's most prolific Hebrew-language writers even though he only learned the language as a teenager.

He wrote dozens of books that were translated into many languages and received the country's top literary awards. Acclaimed American-Jewish author Philip Roth called him "a displaced writer of displaced fiction, who has made of displacement and disorientation a subject uniquely his own."

Appelfeld is survived by his wife and three children.

Updated Date: Jan 04, 2018 15:51 PM