Survivors: Seven Short Stories by Chava Rosenfarb
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Winner of the 2005 Canadian Jewish Book Award
Winner of the Modern Language Association's 2002-2005 Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies
In these seven stories, survivors of the holocaust play out that tragedy's last acts.
Barukh, in "The Greenhorn", is a newly arrived immigrant in Montreal and is an oddity for reasons beyond the winter coat he continues to wear long into spring. As a dying request, Amalia, in "Last Love", asks her husband to find her a young Parisian lover. In "Edgia's Revenge", Rella, a former kapo, loses her identity over the course of two decades in Montreal to the woman whose life she spared in the camps. "FranÃ§ois" is the account of a crumbling marriage; in it, Leah takes on an imaginary lover. The wife in "Little Red Bird" imagines kidnapping a baby from the nursery in the hospital so that she will be able to love, nurture, and raise a child of her own.
These are stories of exile, of life, loss, and love. In Survivors, Chava Rosenfarb takes the Yiddish short story, in the tradition of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and extends it with touches of Philip Roth and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
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