Melnitz, Paperback Book

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1871. Cattle-dealer Solomon Meijer has made a reputation for himself as one of the few honest Jews in Endingen, a rare Swiss town in which Jews are allowed to reside.

He leads a largely untroubled life, rewarded by his work and comforted at home by his wife and two daughters.

But all of this is set to end when he answers a knock at the door in the middle of the night.

On the doorstep stands his young distant cousin, Janki, half-dead and begging for refuge.

The pitiful figure is invited in and given a coveted place in the bosom of the family, but when Janki recovers and regains his ambition and his fine-looks, he will change the Meijer family's lives for generations to come... In the tradition of the great family romances of the nineteenth century, Melnitz is the saga of the Swiss-Jewish Meijer family, spanning five generations from the Franco-Prussian War to World War II.

It is a novel of fate, fortune and great falls; a homage to the sunken world of yiddish culture and a celebration of the enduring spirit of biting Jewish humour.

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