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Small things left behind

Small things left behind

by Ella Zeltserman


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"Freedom is something my father has never known. How do I explain freedom to the ones born bent?" -from "Not Scared" Ella Zeltserman's poetry cuts both ways. The story of her flight from the USSR in 1979-of the young family she brought to Edmonton and the older one she left behind-does "explain freedom to the ones born bent," but it also explains oppression to the ones born free. Deftly modulating language, imagery, and events of past and present, comfort and tyranny, atrocity and family, home and war, Leningrad and Edmonton, she touches readers emotionally, drawing them into the journey. This authentic account of Russian-Jewish immigration to Canada during the Cold War will speak to all who have left their country or who moved far away from home.

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ISBN-13: 9781772120028
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Series: Robert Kroetsch
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ella Zeltserman is a Soviet-born poet and an active member of the Edmonton poetry community. Her poems have been published in anthologies and magazines.

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"That is what I would write if I were a poet."—Agnes Macklin, a Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Hungarian Revolution of 1956

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