Swept up as a child in the events of Nazi-era Europe, Ruth Klüger saw her family's comfortable Vienna existence undermined and destroyed. By age eleven she had been deported, along with her mother to Theresienstadt, the first in a series of concentration camps which would become the setting for her shattered childhood. Klüger's story of her years in the camps and her struggle to establish a viable life after the war has emerged as one of the most powerful accounts of the Holocaust, in a class with the work of Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel—yet stridently different.
A coming-of-age story that constantly delves into the blunt, unsentimental observations of childhood, Still Alive rejects all easy assumptions about history. Kluger's memoir was a sensation when published in the original German, earning bestseller status and critical acclaim. The book's publication in a half-dozen other languages has garnered several awards for Klüger, among them the 1998 Prix de la Shoah. For its English edition, Klüger has translated and revised her own work, adding references and reflecting on the passage of time, in particular on the recent death of her mother.
Still Alive offers a fierce and bittersweet addition to the record of the Holocaust—the story of a woman who not only survived but fully reclaimed her life. It is a memoir of the pursuit of selfhood against all odds, a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist must learn never to rely on comforting assumptions, and always to seek her own truth.
Marketing Plans for Still Alive:
Extensive galley distribution to booksellers and reviewers
Major broadcast media push
Selected high-profile author events
Ruth Klüger is professor emerita of German at UC Irvine. Weiter leben: eine jugend, published in German in 1992, has been translated into Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Czech, and Japanese. Klüger resides in Irvine, California. Marketing Plans: Extensive galley distribution to booksellers and reviewers Major broadcast media push Selected high-profile author events