East of Time is a rendezvous of history and imagination, of realities and dreams, hopes and disenchantments. This extraordinary book, by turns stark and poetic, unfolds in a succession of short reminiscences that weave together into a shimmering tapestry depicting a lost world.The setting is Lodz, Poland, in the years of the author's childhood, when he witnessed the grand belief in a just new world overtaken by the cataclysmic events of the 1930s, imprisoned between the walls of ghettos, and finally silenced at Auschwitz.The book's touchstone is the determination of an entire community to remain human, even at the last frontier of life.
Jacob G Rosenberg was born in Lodz, Poland in 1922. He spent the war years with his family in the Lodz Ghetto; taken to Auschwitz, where all his family died; and then transferred in various other concentration camps. In 1948, together with his wife, he emigrated to Australia. His work includes short stories, prose and poetry written in Yiddish, Russian and English. He lives in Melbourne.