Traces Stories

ISBN-10: 0805045589
ISBN-13: 9780805045581
Edition: Revised 
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Description: Finalist, National Jewish Book Award 1997 A New York Times Notable Book Ida Fink's first collection of short stories, A Scrap of Time, was universally hailed as a masterpiece. Traces continues Fink's portrait of life in Nazi-occupied Poland, of men  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 6/15/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Finalist, National Jewish Book Award 1997 A New York Times Notable Book Ida Fink's first collection of short stories, A Scrap of Time, was universally hailed as a masterpiece. Traces continues Fink's portrait of life in Nazi-occupied Poland, of men and women otherwise buried in the anonymous statistics of war and genocide. It is Fink's special art to show that even the Holocaust had its everyday life, where death and daily routine shared the same cramped quarters. In spare, intense prose, Fink records the modest acts of courage, and the delicate shifts in consciousness amidst unimaginable horror. She shows us as well the survivors' desperate search for traces or clues: a torn piece of paper, a half-forgotten address, initials carved into a windowsill, any mention, any at all, of a loved one. At once ter and unsparing, elegiac and ironic, these seemingly simple stories present the complexity of life as it was lived in the darkest days of our century.

Ida Fink was born January 11, 1921, in Zbaraz, Poland, now part of Ukraine. She attended the High School of Music in Lwow, Poland, from 1938-41 but was forced to live in hiding through much of World War II. She emmigrated to Israel in 1957 and began her work at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum, recording the memories and experiences of other Jewish survivors. Fink worked as a librarian from 1972-82. Fink delayed her writing for more than 10 years after the Holocaust in order to achieve the emotional distance that would allow her to write in the proper voice. She recounts the genocide of her people in A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (1987), a semiautobiographical collection consisting of 22 stories and a short play first published in Hebrew translation as Pisat zman, Massada (1975). Other titles include Stot, a one-act play that was produced for Israeli radio in 1970 and German television in Germany in 1981; Slady, a radio play, in 1986; and Podroz, a novel, in 1990. She received the Anne Frank Prize for Literature in 1985, and Prix Litteraire Wizo, 1990, both for A Scrap of Time.

Gregor von Rezzori(1914–1998) was a novelist, journalist, memoirist, screenwriter, and author of radio plays. His worksMemoirs of an Anti-SemiteandThe Snows of Yesteryearare published by NYRB Classics. Zadie Smithis the author of three novels, most recentlyOn Beauty, and the editor of the short-story anthologyThe Book of Other People. Philip Boehmis the author of numerous translations from Polish and German, including works by Franz Kafka, Ida Fink, and Christoph Hein.

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