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Ida Fink

Born in 1921 in Zbaraz (currently in the Ukraine), Ida Fink studied at the Lwow Conservatory. She spent the years 1941-1942 in the ghetto and survived after escaping to the "Aryan side". She has lived in Israel since 1957 where she writes, in Polish, exclusively about the Holocaust: the collections of stories A SCRAP OF TIME (1987), THE JOURNEY (1990), and TRACES (1996). She was honored with the Anne Frank Prize in 1985.

To be more precise, Ida Fink writes about how individual people survived - what resistance strategies they chose, what remained in their memories, how they tell the story. As the titles indicate, the stories are mere scraps and vestiges of the past. Only in this way, fragmentary and hardly epic, dry, sometimes tinged with a trace of irony or humor, is it possible to speak about the Holocaust. The short story form is imposed here not by aesthetics, but by the cruelty of the world.


Selected Bibliography
SKRAWEK CZASU (A SCRAP OF TIME). London: Aneks, 1987.
PODROZ (THE JOURNEY). London: Aneks, 1990.
SLADY (TRACES). Warsaw: W.A.B., 1996.
ODPLYWAJACY OGROD (THE GARDEN THAT FLOATED AWAY), Warszawa: W.A.B., 2003

Selected translations

English: THE JOURNEY [PODROZ], New York: Farrar-Straus, 1992 A SCRAP OF TIME [SKRAWEK CZASU], New York: Pantheon, 1987 TRACES [SLADY], New York: Metropolitan Books, 1997.

French: LE JARDIN A LA DÉRIVE. Paris: Marin Sell, 1989. LE VOYAGE. Paris: Robert Laffont, 1992.

on the internet

Source: www.polska2000.pl
Copyright: Stowarzyszenie Willa Decjusza
German: DIE REISE. München: Piper, 1991. EINE SPANNE ZEIT. ERZÄHLUNGEN UND DAS STÜCK: DER TISCH. Frankfurt: Fischer Taschenbuch, 1986. NOTIZEN ZU LEBENSLÄUFEN [SLADY], Frankfurt a.M.: Fischer, 1998.

Danish: REJSEN [PODROZ], Kopenhaga: Vindrosl, 1993.

Dutch: DE REIS [PODROZ], Amsterdam: Menlenhoff, 1991 DE WEDEROPSTANDING VAN DE BAKKER [SLADY], Amsterdam: Menlenhoff,1997 EEN KLEINE OGENBLIK [SKRAWKI CZASU], Haga: BZZTOH, 1984.

Hebrew: NELECH B'LEJON NISKAN B'JAMIM [PODROZ], Tel Aviv: Sifriet Poalim, 1993 HAGAN KE-MEFLIK L'MARCHAKIM [SKRAWEK CZASU], Tel Aviv: Sifriet Poalim, 1988 RISHUMIM L'KAROT CHAIM [SLADY], Tel Aviv: Am Oved, 1996.

Italian: IL VIAGGIO [PODROZ], Parma: Guanda, 1993 FRAMMENTI DI TEMPO [SKRAWEK CZASU], Milano: Feltrinelli, 1995.

Norwegian: REISEN [PODROZ], Oslo: Document Forlag, 1997.

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