Genesis: A Latvian Childhood

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Robson, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 188 pages
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In this poignant memoir completed shortly before his death, Chaim Bermant, the popular and controversial Jewish novelist and columnist, recalls his childhood spent in the Latvian shtetl of Barovke where his father was rabbi in the uneasy years before World War 2. Here he evokes the carefree hedonism of his early youth, setting it against the richly sensual background of the changing seasons. He also paints a vivid picture of the many unique and often eccentric characters who disappeared like shadows with the outbreak of war. With the keen eye for detail and sharp wit for which he was renowned, Bermant vividly recreates the fascinating world he knew as a boy: the bustling town market, the elders' meetings at the bath-house, the summer evenings when the music of a distant accordion would remind him that a whole new world lay beyond Barovke. This is a moving recollection of an era long gone, recalled with affection, yet not uncritically. Touching, haunting and with deep flashes of humor, this warm and rich memoir is a unique evocation of a vanished world.

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About the author (1998)

Chaim Bermant (1929-1998) was born in Poland and moved to Glasgow, Scotland at the age of 8. He was educated in Glasgow and became a teacher before joining Scottish TV and then Granada. Bermant became a prominent Anglo-Jewish journalist, and had a regular coloumn in The Jewish Chronicle and occasionally the national press, particularly The Observer and The Daily Telegraph. During his lifetime, Bermant wrote a number of scripts for both Radio and Television, including the BBC, as well as several for Anglia TV. Bermant's book, The Squire of Bor Shachor was serialized on the Radio and Bermant also appeared in several productions in person, including, in 1981, one of the BBC's 'Everyman' series. Bermant wrote a total of 31 books; his novels and non-fiction works reflect his sometimes controversial opinions and his observations on Anglo-Jewish society.

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