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Aharon Appelfeld is the author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Badenheim 1939, Tzili, The Iron Tracks (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), The Conversion, and The Story of a Life (winner of the Prix Médicis Étranger). Other honors he has received include the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, the MLA Commonwealth Award, and the Nelly Sachs Prize. Born in Czernowitz, Bukovina (now part of the Ukraine), in 1932, he lives in Israel.