Painted in Words - A Memoir

Painted in Words - A Memoir



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253340481
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 02/01/2002
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.63(d)

About the Author

Samuel Bak, born in Vilna in 1933, had the first exhibition of his drawings at the age of nine in the Vilna ghetto. Escaping after its destruction, he emigrated to Israel, where he studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. In an artistic career of over forty years he has had numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout Israel, Europe, and the United States. Since 1993 he has lived in the Boston area with his wife, Josée.

Bak's other publications include Landscapes of Jewish Experience; Chess as Metaphor in the Art of Samuel Bak; The Game Continues: Chess in the Art of Samuel Bak; and The Past Continues.

Table of Contents

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Foreword: Painted in Words, Narrated in Colors and Light, by Amos Oz

Chapter One The Pinkas
Chapter Two How All This Writing Began
Chapter Three Aunt Yetta's Magic
Chapter Four On Father's Side: The Baks
Chapter Five Sailing on Rachel's Wet Floor
Chapter Six Another Realm: Her Highness Xenia
Chapter Seven Three Stories in Search of My Father
Chapter Eight On Mother's Side: The Yochels and the Nadels
Chapter Nine Many Loves and a Deep Friendship
Chapter Ten Events Follow Events
Chapter Eleven Mother's Tutoring
Chapter Twelve What, Now, and When: On My Art and Myself
Chapter Thirteen Closure

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meggyweg on LibraryThing 27 days ago
This is different from most Holocaust memoirs, not only because its author is famous in his own right, but because it's not really about the Holocaust. Surprisingly few of the pages -- I'd estimate perhaps one-quarter to one-third of the book -- are about Bak's experiences hiding from the Nazis. I suppose people expecting to hear all about the vicious Germans and Lithuanians and the ghetto and the kind nuns who sheltered him would be disappointed, but I thought this was a refreshing change. The book is also not written in chronological order, but rather skips around quite a bit the way people's thoughts tend to do. But I didn't find it hard to follow.Bak's book instead is a labor of love for his family, for his ancestors and for a way of life the war destroyed forever. I was mesmerized by his tales about his great-grandfather that bore (approximately) twenty-five children starting when he was thirteen. About his grandmother who disagreed with his mother about how long Bak's shorts could be and kept sewing on fabric extensions to the legs which his mother ripped off. About his family's housekeeper and her tantrums and prejudices. This is a true painting in words, and it's painted with love and longing, without the bitterness and hate you might expect from someone who lost so much. Highly recommended.