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Hold On to the Sun
Short Stories and Legends

Michal Govrin

Published by Hakibbutz Hameuchad / Siman Kria, 1984

A series of fractures in the flow of reality suddenly leaves the heroes of Hold On to the Sun utterly exposed: a weekend vacation shakes the fragile routine of Holocaust survivors and evokes in them the harsh memory that was allegedly dimmed; a sudden change in timetable leaves an interval in the business schedule of a traveler, who finds himself experiencing, perhaps for the first time, the taste of passion; a fantastic breaking of the laws of nature engenders a fascinating blossom of a growing-old body, or the burning outbreak of the desire to “hold on to the sun”.

The core of existence is not explicit in this sensitive and mature prose; only the footprints that were left by the striving towards it are revealed. The different experiences of the characters are embodied in different literary genres: realistic stories, myths or legends.


Hold On To The Sun, Short Stories and Legends
First book of prose (1984) The stories were published in literary magazines and anthologies in Israel, USA, Australia, China, India… and were adapted to the radio and cinema.

 

From the Book
The story "Hold On To the Sun"
The story "Elijah's Sabbath Days"
The story "Between Two and Four"
The story "La Promenade" part 1
The story "La Promenade" part 2
Reviews
Press Quotes 1984
Gallery

The Institute of Translation of Hebrew Literature

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