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The Sandgame

Uri Orlev
AGE: 10-15

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.

The Sandgame
Title The Sandgame
Author’s Last Name Orlev
Author's First Name Uri
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1996
No. Pages 50 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Mishak Ha-Chol
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Berlin, Elefanten, 1994; pback: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 1997
Dutch: Baarn, Fontein, 1996
English: Kibbutz Dalia, The Ghetto Fighter's House, 1997; New Delhi, Vikas, 2001
Italian: Milan, Salani, 2000; new ed.: 2013 
Japanese: Tokyo, Iwasaki-Shoten, 2000
Spanish: Mexico City, SM Mexico, 2007

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