Books: Witness

THE AGE OF WONDERS by Aharon Appelfeld Translated by Dalya Bilu Godine; 270 pages; $12.95

A boy named Bruno and his mother board a train to return home from a summer holiday. They are evidently well-to-do; their accommodations are first class and their fellow passengers fashionable. One incident mars the trip. The train stops unexpectedly, and the non-Christians aboard are politely asked to get off and show their papers to a local official. Bruno and his mother are among those who obey. Once this is done, the journey resumes. The setting is Austria in the late 1930s.

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