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Sefer (Paperback)

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Poetic, witty, and ever so faintly surreal, Sefer

delicately explores the legacy of the Holocaust for the postwar

generation, a generation for whom a devastating history has grown

distant, both temporally and emotionally. The novel's

protagonist, Jan Sefer, is a psychotherapist living in

Vienna-someone whose professional life puts him in daily contact

with the traumas of others but who has found it difficult to address

his own family background, especially his memories of his father.

During a two-week trip to his father's birthplace, Krakow-a

visit he has long postponed-he begins to sort out some of his

feelings and to connect with a past the memory of which is swiftly

disintegrating. Much like memory itself, Sefer speaks to us

obliquely, through the juxtaposition of images and vignettes rather

than through the construction of a linear narrative. With its

fragmentary structure and its preference for hints rather than

explanations, the novel belongs to the realm of the postmodern, while

it also incorporates subtle elements of magical realism.

One of Poland's best-known poets, Ewa Lipska is today a major

figure in European literature. In their translation of Sefer,

Lipska's first novel, translators Barbara Bogoczek and Tony

Howard deftly capture the poet's unmistakable voice-cool

and precise, gently ironic, and deeply humane.

Fiction & PoetryClassic fiction pre 1945Fiction & PoetryFantasyFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsGenocide & ethnic cleansingThe Holocaust Publisher: AU Press Publication Date: 01/11/2012 ISBN-13: 9781927356029  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Born in 1945 in Krakow, Ewa Lipska was for many years the poetry editor of the literary magazine Pismo, which she co-founded, and was active in Poland's Nowa Fala, or New Wave. Her many prizes include the Koscielski Fund Award, the Robert Graves Pen Club Award, and Pen Club Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement. Her poetry has been widely translated, into Hebrew as well as into European languages. Barbara Bogoczek is a freelance translator and interpreter based in London. Tony Howard is professor of English at Warwick University. Together they have translated works by numerous Polish authors-Ewa Lipska, Tadeusz Rozewicz, Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Hanna Krall, and many others-into English.

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