The girl from Human Street : ghosts of memory in a Jewish family / Roger Cohen.
- Other Title:
- Human Street
Ghosts of memory in a Jewish family
- First edition.
- New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2015.
304 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 25 cm
- Cohen, Roger -- Family.
Jews -- Lithuania -- Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Lithuania -- Biography.
- Award-winning New York Times columnist Roger Cohen turns a compassionate yet discerning eye on the legacy of his own forebears. As he follows them across continents and decades, mapping individual lives that diverge and intertwine, vital patterns of struggle and resilience, valued heritage and evolving loyalties (religious, ethnic, national), converge into a resonant portrait of cultural identity in the modern age. Beginning in the nineteenth century and continuing through to the present day, Cohen tracks his family's story of repeated upheaval, from Lithuania to South Africa, and then to England, the United States, and Israel. It is a tale of otherness marked by overt and latent anti-Semitism, but also otherness as a sense of inheritance. We see Cohen's family members grow roots in each adopted homeland even as they struggle to overcome the loss of what is left behind and to adapt. At the heart of The Girl from Human Street is the powerful and touching relationship between Cohen and his mother, that "girl." Tortured by the upheavals in her life yet stoic in her struggle, she embodies her son's complex inheritance.--From publisher description.
- Circle of disquiet
Bones in the forest
Gin and two
In the barrel
Picnic in a cemetery
Patient number 9413
Jews in a whisper
Madness in the brain
The lark sings and falls
Death in the Holy Land
The ghosts of repetition
A single chain.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- 9780307594662 (hbk.)
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