Holocaust survivor H.G. Adler's 1962 novel tells the story of the Lustig family, who during an unspecified war are labeled "forbidden" by the authorities and are relocated to the walled city of Ruhenthal, where they will gradually disappear. Adler's stream-of-consciousness style conveys the inner world of the Lustigs and such fellow detainees as Johann the street sweeper and a reporter named Balthazar.
"The Journey is a tribute to the survival of art and a poignant teaching in the art of survival. I tend to shy away from Holocaust fiction, but this book helps redeem an all but impossible genre."—Harold Bloom