The Boxer by Jurek Becker
A Novel

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Released from a concentration camp after the war, Aron Blank looks for and eventually finds the only surviving member of his family, his son Mark, who he was forced to abandon when Mark was only two years old. Working first in the black market and later as a Russian interpreter, Aron tries to rebuild a normal life for himself and his son in East Berlin. Decades later, with Mark lost in the Arab-Israeli war, Aron tells his story to a young interviewer-the flow of his poignant narrative occasionally interrupted by their brief exchanges, which are peppered with humor.

About Jurek Becker

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Becker is a survivor of the Lodz ghetto and Nazi concentration camps.
Published January 1, 1976 by Suhrkamp. 303 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Aron barely remembers the boy, and vice versa, and at the orphanage, where more than 200 children are housed Aron realizes that the director could simply decide which boy is his.

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Blank's struggles with alcohol and his unwillingness to look for work put a strain on the relationship, and when the agency locates Seltzer's old boyfriend, she quickly leaves Blank.

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