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Hold on to the Sun

Michal Govrin
Govrin's stories are linked by a common theme, a sudden break in petit bourgeois living that reveals the mystical moments of revelation underlying daily life. In the title story, a Jerusalem scholar who studies the history of Jewish prayer is looking for a special, long-neglected prayer book. He does not find the book. Instead, he comes across a story about a tribe living on a Pacific island which celebrates a yearly ritual of holding the sun. Other stories also contain unexpected discoveries.
The triptych "La Promenade"  portrays several Polish Holocaust survivors who meet in a peaceful summer resort. Memories of the Holocaust emerge through a weave of politeness and hypocrisy, underscoring the vanity of life and the insignificance of time.


In all of these stories, Govrin exercises magic or hypnosis.
Haaretz

Especially recommended to the discerning reader in search of quality fiction.
Critic Rachel Shklovsky


Govrin Hold on to the Sun
Title Hold on to the Sun
Author’s Last Name Govrin
Author's First Name Michal
Genre stories
Publisher (Hebrew) Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1984
No. Pages 141 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Leʹehoz Ba-Shemesh
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

English: New York, The Feminist Press, 2010 

The Name
English: New York, Riverhead Books, 1998; pback: 1999

Body of Prayer, with Jacques Derrida and David Shapiro (essay)
English: New York, The Cooper Union School of Architecture, 2001

Snapshots
English: New York, Riverhead Books, 2007
French: Paris, Sabine Wespieser, 2008 

Love on the Shore
French: Paris, Sabine Wespieser, 2013

 
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