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Hold On to the sun
Michal Govrin
Israel, Hakibutz Hameuchad Publishers, 1984.

A series of fractures in the flow of reality leaves the heroes of Hold On to the Sun fully exposed to their existence: 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 incinerating outbreak of the desire to “hold on to the sun”.
The experience of existence is, naturally, not explicit in this sensitive and mature writing; only the footprints that were left by the striving towards it are revealed. The alternating embodiments of this experience lead to changes in its literary expression: from a realistic story to the traditional depiction and sight of the Aggadah.

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“Some of the stories are like minimalist sketches, and others present a broader picture of the world. In all of them, long and short, the writer’s scrupulous attention to style is evident. She is aware of the power of words and takes pains to model her prose with precision”.

(From: Keshet)

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