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- DescriptionHave you ever wondered how life would have been, had you been born one hundred years earlier? Mourning and Celebration is how author K. David Brody answers that question. Yankl lives in a 19th-century Polish shtetl. And he's gay. Within the framework of conversations with his alter ego who lives in a 19th-century Polish shtetl, the narrator learns how a gay, Orthodox Jew like himself managed to emerge from the social pressures of his community. Yankl is a brilliant scholar, a talented violinist, an only son and gay. Although blessed with social skills, he feels isolated as a young teenager. Subsequently, we follow his development through intense relationships with his family, rabbis and lovers. This is is a story of a personal search for validation and human rights, in a context where that concept was t yet understood.
- Author BiographyK. David Brody was born in London, UK. His grandparents immigrated to London from Rypin, Poland early in the 20th century and his parents were practicing Orthodox Jews. He graduated from Edinburgh University, Scotland, subsequently moving to Montreal, Canada, He worked initially at Societe Radio-Canada, the French division of CBC, then moved to Jerusalem for two years in the 1980s. Although that experience was enriching from several points of view, it was there that he first felt truly Canadian. On returning to Montreal, he worked as a freelance translator from French to English. He continues to be an Orthodox Jew and participates actively in the Jewish community. Mourning and Celebration is his first novel.
- Author(s)K David Brody
- Date of Publication14/08/2009
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight313 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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