This collection of some of Serge Liberman’s finest and most characteristic stories draws upon all six of his published volumes of short fiction. It is offered not only as a summation and a tribute, but as a valuable contribution to the diverse field of Australian multicultural writing.
Liberman’s extraordinary characters rise up off the page like apparitions. Whether in chastened submission to their fates, or in blazing defiance, or in search of meaning and significance, these figures are denizens of real, intimately observed social worlds. Liberman’s sinewy, intensely evocative and poignant style, unique in Australian letters, takes us deep into particular lives but always with reference to universal issues of fate, free will, and the moral landscapes of good and evil. His post-Holocaust humanism is passionately committed to the power of storytelling, and enters with special power art’s plea for love, compassion, inner freedom, and redemption.
‘Liberman provides in important link to the great European tradition of short fiction.’ – Paul Salzman
About the Author
Born in Russia in 1942, Serge Liberman came to Australia in 1951, where he subsequently worked as a medical practitioner. His works included On Firmer Shores, A Universe of Clowns, The Life That I Have Led, and The Battered and the Redeemed. He three times received the Alan Marshall Award and was also a recipient of the NSW Premier’s Literary Award. In addition, he was compiler of A Bibliography of Australian Judaica.
Serge Liberman died in 2017.
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