Aharon Appelfeld 1932–
Rumanian-born Israeli short story writer and novelist.
A survivor of the Holocaust, Appelfeld writes about the pain and isolation of its victims in an understated, Kafkaesque style. Two of his novels, Badenheim 1939 and The Age of Wonders, have recently been translated into English from the original Hebrew. Neither novel deals with the Holocaust overtly or realistically. Appelfeld relies instead on symbolism and parable to evoke the hopelessness of the Jewish situation and to examine the emotional and cultural essence of Jewishness.