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  • By Marlyn Silverstone
    Apr 24, 2017
    I recently read Bent Branches and was rapt in the drama of the stories. I was impressed not only by the quality of the prose, but also by the richness and clarity of Ms. Nadjman's perceptions, even as a child. I was touched both by her suffering and by her innocence which, it seems to me, continued into adulthood. No-one has described more clearly or with more poetry the way in which the mother's experience in the Holocaust penetrated her daughter's existence. I preferred some stories to others, though I relished all of them. the story that I found most successful, and very painful, was Shoah Business. The way the author weaved together the strands in it was terrific.
  • By Scarlett Pearson
    Mar 7, 2016
    I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book from the author herself and it blew me away! Wonderful, evocative writing that drew me and and didn't let go. Do yourself a favour and get ahold of a copy of this book.
  • By Neil Cameron
    Aug 11, 2013
    I am a lifelong professor of European History, and op-ed columnist and book reviewer for several newspapers. I was approached by Ms. Zajdman to read through her stories to make sure there were no historical slips. I didn’t find any, and instead found myself becoming fascinated by the stories themselves. I have read many narratives by Holocaust survivors as well as reading standard historical works by writers like Hilberg, Davidowicz, Marrus, etc., and I still found this more intimate and personal memoir gripping, moving, and in places, very funny. Given my own background, I was most interested in Renata’s adventures in the war years and at the end of the war, but the postwar stories of the family were a natural extension, and held my interest as well. The descriptive writing is terrific. The book deserves a wide audience, and I hope it gets one.
  • By Sharon Asher
    Mar 18, 2013
    Nadja Zajdman's wonderful book BENT BRANCHES is a short story collection that reads like a novel. Strong character portraits, descriptive settings and an intricate plot weave Renata's daring and courageous feats to survive the horrors of the Holocaust with the present effects of these experiences on her and her family. Nightmare memories and the determination to live life make the meaning of BENT BRANCHES clear. The characters suffer, rejoice, bend with whatever life brings them and continue on with solid roots in family and in life. All the details, from the first story to the last, move the narrative forward and keep the reader wanting to know more, fascinated to see how one event connects to another, creating one unifying force, like a magnificent tapestry. BENT BRANCHES is a work of art.
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Product Details

First Paperback Edition
Shashi Publishing
February 8, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.59 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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