Transit Visa (novel)

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Transit by Anna Seghers takes place in Germany 1937. The twenty-seven year old narrator has escaped from a Nazi concentration camp. Along the way to Marseilles, he meets one of his friends Paul. Paul then asks the narrator to deliver a letter to a man named Weidel in Paris. When the narrator goes to deliver the letter, he comes to find out that Weidel had actually committed suicide. The narrator also finds that Weidel left behind a suitcase full of letters and unfinished manuscript for a novel. The narrator is then urged the wife of Weidel. But, during this time, the narrator assures the identity of a man named Seidler, but the authorities that he meets really think that Seidler is Weidel. Throughout the story, the narrator converses with several other refugees sharing stories and experiences along the way. [3][4]


Transit. Translated James Austin Galston. Little, Brown. 1944.