The Israeli author’s poetry, essays, and stories on the haunting legacy of WWII “swirl mystically out of history and into dazzling floods of wonder” (Don DeLillo, author of White Noise).
In this portrait of the artist as a young woman, one of Israel’s most acclaimed contemporary writers weaves together a kaleidoscope of fiction, poetry, and essays. Populated by both fictional and real people, each tale is in some way a search for meaning in a post-Holocaust world.
Reminiscent of W.G. Sebald, characters irrationally and humanely find reason for hope in a world that offers little. Essays describe Govrin’s visits to Poland as a young adult, where her mother had survived a death camp, but had lost her husband and their child, Govrin’s half-brother. Capturing the depths of denial and the exuberance of youth in a multiplicity of voices, this haunting collection “joins the few serious books that try through artistic means to face the unspeakable” (Aharon Appelfield, author of Badenheim 1939).
The Journey to Poland
La Promenade (Triptych)
Between Two and Four
The End of the Pythia
Rites of Spring
Hold on to the Sun
Selichot in Krakow: Migrations of a Melody
Afterword: Interview of Michal Govrin by Judith Miller
"This is a strong, brave, and ever-shifting bookessays that trace the powerful narratives of family, history and memory, and stories that swirl mystically out of history and into dazzling floods of wonder."
Don DeLillo, author of White Noise
"A work of art of the highest quality... This work joins the few serious books that try through artistic means to face the unspeakable"
Aharon Appelfield, author of Badenheim 1939