Appelfeld, Aharon. Beyond Despair: Three Lectures and a Conversation with Philip Roth. Translated by Jeffrey M. Green. New York: Fromm International, 1994. Series of lectures contains useful biographical information on Appelfeld. In an interview that first appeared in The New York Review of Books in 1988, Roth and Appelfeld explore the biographical and literary sources of Appelfeld’s works.
Bauer, Yehuda, et al., eds. Remembering for the Future. 3 vols. Elmsford, N.Y.: Pergamon Press, 1989. Includes many informative essays on Appelfeld, especially “Aharon Appelfeld and the Uses of Language and Silence,” in which Lawrence I. Langer explores irony in Appelfeld’s work, and “To Express the Inexpressible: The Holocaust Literature of Aharon Appelfeld,” in which Nurit Govrin treats Appelfeld’s fiction in the context of his essays.
Budick, Emily Miller. Aharon Appelfeld’s Fiction: Acknowledging the Holocaust. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005. Presents philosphical analyses of Appelfeld’s major novels, including Badenheim 1939, Tzili, and The Iron Tracks, addressing how these fictional works support understanding of true historical events.
Fridman, Lea Wernick. “The Silence of Historical Traumatic Experience: Aharon Appelfeld’s Badenheim 1939.” In Words and Witness: Narrative and Aesthetic Strategies in the Representation of the Holocaust. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000. Analyzes Appelfeld’s novel Badenheim 1939 along with other Holocaust literature to demonstrate how Appelfeld and other writers invent techniques to represent this “unrepresentable” tragedy.
Ramras-Rauch, Gila. Aharon Appelfeld: The Holocaust and Beyond. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994. Provides biographical information on Appelfeld as well as critical discussion of his works.
Schwartz, Yigal. Aharon Appelfeld: From Individual Lament to Tribal Eternity. Translated by Jeffrey M. Green. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England/Brandeis University Press, 2001. Discusses three major themes in Appelfeld’s work: the recovery of childhood and memory, the creation of place, and the religious stance of the Holocaust writer. Maintains that Appelfeld’s underlying concerns transcend his experiences as a Holocaust survivor to include larger issues of Jewish identity.
Wisse, Ruth R. “Aharon Appelfeld, Survivor.” Commentary 76, no. 2 (August, 1983): 73-76. Contains an early appraisal of Appelfeld’s fiction.