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Soundless roar : stories, poems, and drawings
Schieber, Ava Kadishson.
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Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, [2002]

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xvi, 145 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Diary -- Love -- Children's story -- Rabbit -- The party -- Trapped -- Spirits -- Mathilda's story -- Ride into the city -- Tzigane -- Sultana -- The friend -- Dialogue -- Farewell.
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PS3619.C357 Z476 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Soundless Roar introduces a distinctive new voice to Holocaust literature. Ava Kadishson Schieber, author, poet, and artist, spent her teenage years hiding from the Nazis on a Serbian farm. Her cultured speech and city-bred body language could have betrayed her, so she was forced into near isolation. Schieber began drawing while in hiding, and she continues to express herself today with the same urgency. The drawings and writings in Soundless Roar are the culmination of many years of artistry. In her work, she shares her memories of loved ones killed in the Holocaust: they are "friendly ghosts" that will always be a part of her.

Schieber's drawings, paintings, poetry, and prose are all intimate reflections of one another. Her experience forged the unusual sense of time that shapes Schieber's stories. In her preface, Phyllis Lassner writes: "The timetable of Ava's stories often consists of circles within circles, of patterns of an intertwined past, the past present of hiding, and the present looking back at those distinctly separate but inseparable pasts."

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Ava Kadishson Schieber was born in Novi Sad, a city near Belgrade. Her mother was a convert to Judaism. Her father changed his name in order to receive a commission in the Austro-Hungarian army during the First World War. Schieber grew up in Novi Sad and then moved in 1940 to Belgrade, where the family prospered until the Nazis invaded Belgrade in 1941. Schieber went into hiding with relatives of her sister's fiance, who was Serbian. She lived with them on an isolated farm for four years, after which she was reunited with her mother. Her father and sister did not survive the war. Schieber moved with her mother to Israel after the war but has been living in Chicago for the past twenty years

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In Soundless Roar: Stories, Poems, and Drawings, Ava Kadishson Schieber, who spent her adolescence on a Serbian farm hiding from the Nazis, gathers poignant recollections and spare, expressive pictures that give voice to her many losses. The writing, though not beautiful, is powerful and detailed: in one moment, the young Ava finds comfort in carrying a dog through a sniper-filled Belgrade street, because, "if someone took aim at me, it would be less lonely to die this way." In the minimalist line drawings, a figure shares space with another, less distinct figure; these are the "friendly ghosts" of her sister, her father and all the others who perished with them. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Diaryp. 5
Lovep. 13
Children's Storyp. 23
Rabbitp. 29
The Partyp. 41
Trappedp. 53
Spiritsp. 61
Mathilda's Storyp. 73
Ride into the Cityp. 85
Tziganep. 97
Sultanap. 105
The Friendp. 121
Dialoguep. 131
Farewellp. 137