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The Sandgame

This autobiographical story tells the fascinating story of a Jewish boy who lived through the Holocaust and became a writer. But it is not a horror story portraying a traumatic childhood, in spite of the terrible things the child is forced to see. Instead, Orlev describes a relatively normal childhood, with moments of sadness and pain, but also times of joy, adventure and humor. “I saw myself all the time as the hero of a thrilling adventure story; the more people disappeared around me, the more convinced I was that nothing bad could happen to me, and that it would all turn out well.” This is the first line of Orlev`s book, in which the author shows his son the “sandgame” – an allegory in which only a tiny pile of sand remains in the palm of his hand. He and his brother were among the few that remained.

Dutch, English, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish
Title The Sandgame
Writer's Last Name Orlev
Writer's First Name Uri
Genre Children
Ages 10-15
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
No. Pages 50pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mishak Ha-Chol