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Unformatted text preview: situation. Dr. Langmann however draws instantly on his national pride over his cultural identity, and uses this overcompensation deliver him to safety. Appelfeld delivers a cast so colorful, yet so vague that they could be anyone just as they are everyone. This ambiguity is the central evidence that the novel is a satirical work. When the sanitation department begins to shut the city down, all the players have a different reaction. Ranging from hope to despair, happiness to dread, the people of Badenheim react in the way that so many Jewish nationals did when the sanitation department came for them....
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- Spring '08