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Present Past by Ava Kadishson Schieber

Present Past is a collection of stories, artwork, and poetry by Ava Kadishson Schieber. Like her debut work, Soundless Roar, this multi-genre collection creates rich and varied pathways for readers to approach Schieber as well as the absorbing events and transformations in her life as a Holocaust survivor.

The focus of Present Past is her life after the Shoah. Rejecting stereotypes of survivors as traumatized or broken, Schieber is stark yet exuberant, formidable yet nuanced. The woman who emerges in Schieber’s Present Past is a multifaceted, heterogeneous figure—poet, artist, and survivor. In it, she plays the passionate observer who dispassionately curates the kaleidoscopic memories of her tumultuous personal and professional life in Belgrade, Prague, Tel Aviv, New York, and Chicago.

Organized into thirteen chapters, each a blend of images, poems, and narrative, this moving new work offers myriad points of entry to readers of these genres, those fascinated in the relationship between the Holocaust and art, as well as readers interested in memory and survivorship.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810133792
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2016
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Born in Novi Sad near Belgrade, Yugoslavia, Ava Schieber is the author ouf NUP's best-selling Soundless Roar.

Table of Contents

Cover Artwork
Artwork A
Story: Flightless Birds
Untitled poem: “between daydreams and nightmares”
Artwork B
Artwork C
Untitled poem: “we were deprived of benefiting from”
Story: Messenger
Untitled poem: “it was good of you”
Artwork D                  
Artwork E
Untitled poem: “floating within the air”
Story: Soap Bubbles
Artwork F
Artwork G
Poem: View From A Distance  
Story: Hidden Beyond Mountains         
Artwork H
Artwork I
Untitled poem: “wayfarer”
Story: Embroidered Memory
Untitled poem: “roaming with ease waste depths”
Artwork J
Artwork K
Poem: Revelation
Story: Round Square
Untitled poem: “nameless artist I know you intimately”
Artwork L
Artwork M
Story: Kaddish For Uncle Borosh, begins with untitled poem: “surfacing”
Untitled poem: “I identify with the man”
Artwork N
Artwork O
Poem: Plain Perception
Story: The Calling Card
Untitled poem: “if I reside on an anthill”
Artwork P
Artwork Q
Untitled poem: “a tree will reveal in each ring”
Story: The Olive Tree
Artwork R
Artwork S
Poem: Meaning Of Names
Story: Cryptic Inscription
Untitled poem: “sounds surrounding”
Artwork T
Artwork U
Untitled poem: “simplicity”
Story: Antiquated Self Portrait
Poem: Harvest 
Artwork V
Artwork W
Untitled poem: “road dust tarnishes my overcoat”
Story: The Infinite Warrior
Untitled poem: “within the random draw in existence”
Artwork X
Artwork Y
Untitled poem: “love”
Story: Ceasing Season 
Poem: Meteor Showers
Artwork Z

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