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A Good Place for the Night

A Good Place for the Night Savyon Liebrecht

This collection by one of Israel's most popular authors turns upon issues of family, place and disconnection, and the stories have the dreamy, evocative smoothness of underwater films. Hadassah, whose mother moves with another woman's husband and daughter to the U.S. when Haddassah is young, narrates "America." Her observation, on the day her mother leaves, that she "was frightened by the unfamiliar sensations flooding me, as if I'd lost my old place and still didn't have a new one" is a representative sentiment of the collection, as the protagonist in each story grapples with emotional and geographical dislocation. Disorientation afflicts Liebrecht's characters from the Israeli reporter in Munich to cover a Nazi war trial ("Munich") to the mentally handicapped man trying to make a life among unsympathetic members of a kibbutz ("Kibbutz"). In the last and finest story, "A Good Place for the Night," a woman struggles to survive in an unnamed place virtually destroyed by a nuclear catastrophe. The permanent unsettledness of Israel is exported and globalized here; no matter where Liebrecht's characters go or what they do, they are never yet truly at home.

Praise for the Book: 
"I read these stories with bated breath...a wondrous and thrilling human and literary experience." — Orit Harel, MAARIV (Tel Aviv)

About the Author:
Savyon Liebrecht was born in Germany in 1948 and immigrated to Israel as a young child. She is an award-winning playwright and the author of six story collections and a novel, A Man and a Woman and a Man, published by Persea. She lives in Tel Aviv. 

Also Available at Persea by Savyon Liebrecht: 
A Man and a Woman and a Man
The Women My Father Knew

Original Trade Paperback / $14.00 (Can $20.00) / ISBN 978-0-89255-320-4 / 224 pages / Fiction
 

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