It will never happen again, right? We will not allow it.

This my last blog in 2021. It is a sad one and it  summarises my Autumn. I am making a full stop. My novel “ Why didn’t they leave?” is about  the painful 20th century history, The Holocaust, emigration, totalitarian system. I am now writing a different book, not about Holocaust. It might even be funny. My son bought an old book in a second-hand … Continue reading It will never happen again, right? We will not allow it.

Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Historical Eva Hnizdo, Andrew Joyce – #SciFi – Thorne Moore, John L. Deboer

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Welcome to the Christmas book fair and today a combination of historical and science fiction novels. The first author today who recently joined the cafe and bookstore is Eva Hnizdo with her debut novel, released in September. The historical Jewish fiction Why Didn’t They Leave? About the book You can’t ask for asylum in another country just because your… Continue reading Smorgasbord Christmas Book Fair – #Historical Eva Hnizdo, Andrew Joyce – #SciFi – Thorne Moore, John L. Deboer

Musing about book success- does it matter? Yes , but it is not the reason I write.

I am reading Steinbeck’s Winter of our Discontent. I like Steinbeck, his East of Eden being my favourite of his books. In fact one of my favourite books by any author. I googled his books and him and read about his 1962 Nobel Prize for literature. To my surprize, there was a lot of criticism about him getting the Nobel prize. The archives apparently say … Continue reading Musing about book success- does it matter? Yes , but it is not the reason I write.

Stolpersteine

This week, my family held a ceremony to mark the installation of a Stolpersteine in the pavement in front of the house from where my family was deported to Theresienstadt in 1943. The Stolpersteine, which literally means ‘stumbling block’ in German, was an idea of a German artist Gunter Demnig who wanted people to discover the last address of those deported by the Nazis by … Continue reading Stolpersteine

The play Leopoldstadt and coping with traumatic family past.

I am in Prague. Tomorrow, we are going to lay Stolpersteine http://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/home/ in front of the house in Prague where my family lived before they were deported by the Nazis to a concentration camp. There will be the 5th generation there, my grandchildren. I will blog about that, of course, but I’d like to talk about a play I saw in London the evening before … Continue reading The play Leopoldstadt and coping with traumatic family past.

My brave Russian teacher in 1969- 1971

I watched an interesting film https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Within_the_Whirlwind  about Yevgenia Ginzburg a Russian Jewish dissident who spent more than 10 years arrested in Siberia in Stalin’s time. I didn’t know that her son was Alexei Aksjonov. I have a funny story about him. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasily_Aksyonov In secondary school – I went in September 1968-I was in the humanities section, so the 4 final graduation exams were Czech, Russian, … Continue reading My brave Russian teacher in 1969- 1971

Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott

I don’t read books by very religious people. Not often. But this was very surprising. I am faithless. Completely . Not just deity. Even science. I believe that as far as we know… but I also know that some scientific evidence will be replaced by new one, maybe contrary. A lot of things I learnt in medical school are no longer true. That’s good that … Continue reading Travelling Mercies by Anne Lamott

Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh

Originally posted on Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:
Welcome to the Friday edition of the Cafe and Bookstore with recent reviews for authors on the shelves The first review is for Eva Hnizdo and her new novel, released on 28th September. The historical Jewish fiction Why Didn’t They Leave? About the book You can’t ask for asylum in another country just because your mother drives you nuts,… Continue reading Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore Update – #Reviews – #History #JewishFiction Eva Hnizdo, #Fantasy Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, #Poetry Balroop Singh