"Do you ever think about those you left behind? I ask father.
"Not often," he says. "Such memories are a luxury I can't afford."
First his parents made a journey to the New World. It was the 1930s, and Europe was seething. As he grew up,
Arnold Zable heard tales, songs, fragments of the world they had left behind. He had inherited a fractured,
vibrant past which both fascinated and disturbed him. Finally, he had to confront the mystery: he had to travel
back to the Old World, to his parents' home, to his grandparents' birthplace, and to a land pervaded
by ancestral ghosts.
Jewels and Ashes
is the result of that journey of discovery. Moving effortlessly between centuries and
continents, and across inner and outer land-scapes, it is an astonishing achievement. In one stroke, the Jewish
historical experience has become a gift to the world.
A remarkable book (which) has taken taken the creative leap into literature
An original, deeply felt, beautifully written book
The Sydney Morning Herald