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Until My Eyes Are Closed With Shards [a memoir]

Manès Sperber, translated from the German by Harry Zohn
Until My Eyes Are Closed With Shards [a memoir]
ISBN: 978-0-8419-1033-1
1994/263 pages/LC: 93037284
Distributed for Holmes & Meier Publishers

"A passionate depiction of personal experiences and a compelling account of the upheavals of the 20th century.... Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries."—Library Journal

"This biography gives readers a sense of what it meant to be one of a group of committed Jewish leftwing intellectuals in Europe before the triumph of Nazism, an evil that they clearly recognized but were powerless to stop."—Choice


Acclaimed as one of the most vivid and evocative autobiographies of the century, Manès Sperber’s trilogy All Our Yesterdays concludes in this final volume. Through the eyes of this eminent European intellectual and activist, we witness the years 1934–1984 including hostility between Croats and Serbs in Yugoslavia, the abortive workers' uprising in Vienna, and Stalin's show trials. Alongside his first-hand accounts of those dark days in Europe, Sperber includes portraits of his numerous friends who include Raymond Aron, Alfred Döblin, Arthur Koestler, André Malraux, and Anna Seghers.


Manès Sperber won the Georg Büchner Prize and, shortly before his death in 1984, the prestigious German Book Trade Peace Prize. He wrote many works of fiction and nonfiction, including his acclaimed trilogy, Like a Tear in the Ocean.