Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, [Heda Margolius Kovaly, Helen Epstein] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Heda Margolius . The Under a Cruel Star Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter Kovaly’s family are forced from their home and sent to the Lodz Ghetto in October Returning home to Prague after the camps are liberated, Heda bounces from. Heda Kovály, the Czech translator of Roth, Chandler and Bellow, had a tragic history. In , the mass deportation of Jews from Prague was.

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The events that took place in the memoir are historical fact–they were never up for debate in my mind.

They hurt her, insulted her, starved her, nearly killed her several times, and yet, without excusing their behavior, she can explain it based on her experience as part of the same culture. Feb 02, Hannah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Her vantage point as an escapee from Uhder and later as the wife of a communist official who was arrested and executed in a purge gives her a unique perspective on Czech history during these years.

She escaped her own death march, at age 25, and found her way heeda, on foot, to Prague only to be treated like a piranha by those who should have opened their arms to her but were too terrified to take her in. This helped her go on, while others perished. A strong example of such a situation was when her family, along with the rest of the Jewish population of Prague, kvoaly ordered to gather their belongings and report to the Exposition Hall for deportation.


Jul 03, Libba rated it it was amazing Shelves: Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague, by Heda Margolius Kovály

Margolius Kovaly is a fantastic and fantastically intelligent writer. Lists with This Book.

It also narrates her struggles during the communist transformation of Czechoslovakia, according to USSR standards and the heavy handed Joseph Stalin. Excuse all the mixing of tenses that follow–reworking this review for 4th time since View all kkovaly comments.

It’s unfair to take an accusatory tone with someone who can’t defend herself because she’s too busy being dead. However, after reading the blurb, I was very keen to know more.

She is alive, sad, and brave, and when she smiles with spring, her smile glistens like a tear. This memoir gives the personal experiences of a woman who spent much of hdda adult life enslaved by the two most destructive politic forces of the 20th Century, Fascism and Communism. You will learn through one woman’s real experiences of these times. She never even complains.

Under a Cruel Star: A Life in Prague 1941-1968

Her story made me proud of the Czech people, and despite the horrors of most of the book, at the end I was smiling. I have had this book on my shelf for a number of years I remember purchasing it after visiting Prague and only came accorss it when clearing out books.

Return to Book Page. Czechoslovakia was subsequently liberated; however, the new master was communism. This passage is significant to understanding the rest of this essay, because it explains the two traits that helped Kovaly survive.


Under a Cruel Star

Prague is not an aggregate of buildings where born, work, and die. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Prague is not an uncaring backdrop which stands impassive, ignoring happiness and suffering alike.

One of those instances occurred after the Second World War and during the communist transformation of Czechoslovakia.

Such a remarkable life. Thought I was burned out on Holocaust Lit, but this one quickly changed my mind, and besides, it covers K’s life post-war, as well. I read it on the plane ride back from Italy over spring break and had to work hard to keep myself srar bawling out load and freaking out the other passengers. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In the late s-early s, communism became a thing of the past so a former playrighta political prisoner, became the new post-communist president.

Interpretation of Heda Kovaly’s “Under A Cruel Star” | Owlcation

Per fortuna lei di coraggio ne oovaly, tanto da mostrarci l’alternativa impossibile: The writers also shares their world view and perspective and that is why it is always fascinating and insightful to read a well written memoir.

The flowering hills of Strahov. Trivia About Under a Cruel Sta But here he was alone with what he loved most, the freshly turned earth, the open sky, the clean breeze.