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The girl from Human Street : ghosts of memory in a Jewish family

Author: Roger Cohen
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author's own family to assay the impact of memory, displacement, and disquiet. The award-winning New York Times columnist and former foreign correspondent turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family--most notably his mother's--in order to understand more profoundly the nature of modern Jewish  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Biographies
NonFiction
Domestic
Named Person: Roger Cohen; Roger Cohen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Cohen
ISBN: 9780307594662 0307594661 9780385353137 0385353138 1408863898 9781408863893 1408863871 9781408863879
OCLC Number: 881279996
Notes: A Borzoi Book.
Description: 304 pages : portraits ; 23 cm
Contents: Circle of disquiet --
Bones in the forest --
Gin and two --
In the barrel --
Chateau Michel --
Picnic in a cemetery --
Patient number 9413 --
Jews in a whisper --
Madness in the brain --
The lark sings --
Death in the Holy Land --
The ghosts of repetition --
A single chain.
Responsibility: Roger Cohen.

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An expansive yet intimate memoir of modern Jewish identity, following the diaspora of the author's own family to assay the impact of memory, displacement, and disquiet. The award-winning New York Times columnist and former foreign correspondent turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own family--most notably his mother's--in order to understand more profoundly the nature of modern Jewish experience. Through his emotionally lucid prose, we relive the anomie of European Jews after the Holocaust, following them from Lithuania to South Africa, England, the United States, and Israel. He illuminates the uneasy resonance of the racism his family witnessed living in apartheid-era South Africa and the ambivalence felt by his Israeli cousin when tasked with policing the occupied West Bank. He explores the pervasive Jewish sense of "otherness" and finds it has been a significant factor in his family's history of manic depression. This tale of remembrance and repression, suicide and resilience, moral ambivalence and uneasily evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national) both tells an unflinching personal story and contributes an important chapter to the ongoing narrative of Jewish life--

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A gifted journalist, who has powerfully conveyed the grief of the bereft in various international trouble spots, here wrestles with his own grief for a mother who suffered through episodes of Read more...

 
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