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.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
|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 Preface Acknowledgements Prologue 1 Artwork A Story: Flightless Birds Untitled poem: “between daydreams and nightmares” Artwork B 2 Artwork C Untitled poem: “we were deprived of benefiting from” Story: Messenger Untitled poem: “it was good of you” Artwork D 3 Artwork E Untitled poem: “floating within the air” Story: Soap Bubbles Artwork F 4 Artwork G Poem: View From A Distance Story: Hidden Beyond Mountains Artwork H 5 Artwork I Untitled poem: “wayfarer” Story: Embroidered Memory Untitled poem: “roaming with ease waste depths” Artwork J 6 Artwork K Poem: Revelation Story: Round Square Untitled poem: “nameless artist I know you intimately” Artwork L 7 Artwork M Story: Kaddish For Uncle Borosh, begins with untitled poem: “surfacing” Untitled poem: “I identify with the man” Artwork N 8 Artwork O Poem: Plain Perception Story: The Calling Card Untitled poem: “if I reside on an anthill” Artwork P 9 Artwork Q Untitled poem: “a tree will reveal in each ring” Story: The Olive Tree Artwork R 10 Artwork S Poem: Meaning Of Names Story: Cryptic Inscription Untitled poem: “sounds surrounding” Artwork T 11 Artwork U Untitled poem: “simplicity” Story: Antiquated Self Portrait Poem: Harvest Artwork V 12 Artwork W Untitled poem: “road dust tarnishes my overcoat” Story: The Infinite Warrior Untitled poem: “within the random draw in existence” Artwork X 13 Artwork Y Untitled poem: “love” Story: Ceasing Season Poem: Meteor Showers Artwork Z