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Train to Warsaw 


A Novel

"Gwen Edelman's spare, intimate narrative belies the sweeping devastation of what's beneath the alternating rage and despair of survival; and a desperate love that spans a lifetime. Edelman lays bare the tragedies of 1940's Warsaw in a series of dreamlike images all the more haunting because they're drawn from history. I could not put it down. This is a fearless, achingly important work of fiction."

- Jamie Quatro, Author of I Want to Show You More

Published by Grove Press 


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Jascha and Lilka escape separately from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942. Reunited years later, they live in London where Jascha has become a celebrated writer known 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... READ MORE

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Photo: Ellen Warner

About Gwen

Gwen Edelman is the author of three novels: WAR STORY (Riverhead 2001) THE TRAIN TO WARSAW (Grove 2014) and
TO FORGET BERLIN (coming soon).

War Story was translated into nine languages, won Le Prix du Premier Roman Etranger in France and was a Koret Jewish Book Award Finalist. The Train to Warsaw was translated into two languages and has been adapted as a play.

She lived in Paris for many years and now lives in New York.

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