Item description for The Book of Anna by J. Ladin...
The Book of Anna is composed of narrative poems and prose diary entries written in the voice of Anna Ach Asher, a fictional Czech-German Jewish concentration camp survivor writing in mid-1950s Prague. The poems utilize the language and imagery of sacred Jewish texts--the Biblical story of Tamar, snatches of Talmudic disputation, the sensuous imagery of the Song of Songs, mystical texts related to the creation of golems, psalms traditionally recited to celebrate Sabbath--to tell the story of Asher's concentration camp experiences.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 31, 2007
Publisher Sheep Meadow
ISBN 1931357447 ISBN13 9781931357449
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Something to Believe In May 13, 2007
This is an astonishing book. It is not so much "about" the Holocaust as about the requirements of surviving something that dismantles every shred of coherence and faith in the world. The voice of Anna Ach Asher who both tells her own story and "writes" the poems is unflinchingly honest, bitter, witty, brilliant, and, almost against her will, lyrical at its core. I am neither a Jew nor a religious believer, but this book is prayerful in a way I can believe in. The God conjured here is powerful but hapless; nevertheless the prayer is genuine--both lament and praise poured out to the universe as it is, as if it could and must answer. The answer that comes, painfully and piecemeal, is from the wounded others who enter and depart from Anna's world like the ghosts they often are. Finally this is a love story, a story about the unlikely survival of community and connection that earns our astonished belief.