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Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Jewels and Ashes
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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. (Publisher's blurb)

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Notes

  • Dedication: For my dear mother and father, Hoddes and Meier; and for all those ho seek refuge regardless of race, nation and creed.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Newham, Gisborne - Woodend area, Sunbury - Kyneton area, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 1991 .
      image of person or book cover 401963855426309656.jpg
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      Extent: 210p.
      Reprinted: 1992
      ISBN: 0908011202
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harcourt Brace ,
      1991 .
      Extent: 210p.
      ISBN: 0151463484
    • San Diego, California,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Harcourt Brace ,
      1994 .
      Extent: 210p.
      Edition info: 1st Harvest ed.
      ISBN: 0156001470
Alternative title: Eidlshteiner un ash
Language: Yiddish
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 1997 .
      Extent: 1 v.p.
      Note/s:
      • Listed in Libraries Australia but has no holdings.
      ISBN: 0908011202

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  • Also braille, sound recording.

Works about this Work

“Storytelling Is an Ancient Art” : Stories, Maps, Migrants and Flâneurs in Arnold Zable’s Selected Texts Dagmara Drewnia , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Anglica : An International Journal of English Studies , vol. 28 no. 3 2019; (p. 109-123)

'Nadine Fresco in her research on exiled Holocaust survivors uses the term diaspora des cendres (1981) to depict the status of Jewish migrants whose lives are forever marked by their tragic experience as well as a conviction that “the[ir] place of origins has gone up in ashes” (Hirsch 243). As a result, Jewish migrants and their children have frequently resorted to storytelling treated as a means of transferring their memories, postmemories and their condition of exile from the destroyed Eastern Europe into the New World. Since “[l]iterature of Australians of Polish-Jewish descent holds a special place in Australian culture” (Kwapisz Williams 125), the aim of this paper is to look at selected texts by one of the greatest Jewish-Australian storytellers of our time: Arnold Zable and analyse them according to the paradigm of an exiled flâneur whose life concentrates on wandering the world, sitting in a Melbourne café, invoking afterimages of the lost homeland as well as positioning one’s status on a map of contemporary Jewish migrants. The analyses of Zable’s Jewels and Ashes (1991) and Cafe Scheherazade (2001) would locate Zable as a memoirist as well as his fictional characters within the Australian community of migrants who are immersed in discussing their un/belonging and up/rootedness. The analysis also comprises discussions on mapping the past within the context of the new territory and the value of storytelling.'  (Publication abstract)

The Spoor of Scattered Memories : Journeys, Landscapes and Identities in Australian Transcultural Life Writing Luisa Percopo , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 40 no. 4 2009; (p. 109-127)
Home and Horizon Bill Ashcroft , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diaspora : The Australasian Experience 2005; (p. 45-58)
Ashcroft discusses the conceptual and actual boundaries which contain/construct the notion of 'home'. He suggests that 'home' is deeply connected to a sense of self and 'like that sense of self, "home" brings with it the inescapable tyranny of limits, of borders. Whether home is a place, a location, a feeling, a tradition, an ethnicity, it carries with it the sometimes imperceptible, but ever-present reality of boundaries'. He illustrates this argument with examples from Arnold Zable's Jewels and Ashes (1991) and Ameican writer Toni Morrison's Paradise (1998) as well as a number of critical texts.
First Voice : Arnold Zable Looks Back on the Writing of His First Book Arnold Zable , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 December 2005; (p. 30)
Generations of Journeys Janis Wilton , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Speaking to Immigrants : Oral Testimony and the History of Australian Migration 2002; (p. 149-169)
Always with the Remembering Cathy Lowy , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: Arena Magazine , April/May no. 10 1994; (p. 54-56)

— Review of Jewels and Ashes Arnold Zable , 1991 biography ; Inside Outside : Life Between Two Worlds A. P. Riemer , 1992 single work autobiography
Diaspora Goes Long Way Edmund Campion , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 October vol. 113 no. 5790 1991; (p. 106)

— Review of Homeland 1991 anthology short story prose poetry criticism ; Jewels and Ashes Arnold Zable , 1991 biography
Family Realities Make the Most Convincing Fiction Dennis Davison , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 13-14 July 1991; (p. rev 4)

— Review of Jewels and Ashes Arnold Zable , 1991 biography ; Playback Philip Salom , 1991 single work novel ; Speaking with the Sun : New Stories from Australian and New Zealand Writers 1991 anthology short story
Forecasts Claire Mills , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , May vol. 70 no. 1015 1991; (p. 19-20)

— Review of Jewels and Ashes Arnold Zable , 1991 biography
Grim Beauty of a Sad Search John Hanrahan , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 July 1991; (p. 8)

— Review of Jewels and Ashes Arnold Zable , 1991 biography
First Voice : Arnold Zable Looks Back on the Writing of His First Book Arnold Zable , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 10 December 2005; (p. 30)
Home and Horizon Bill Ashcroft , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Diaspora : The Australasian Experience 2005; (p. 45-58)
Ashcroft discusses the conceptual and actual boundaries which contain/construct the notion of 'home'. He suggests that 'home' is deeply connected to a sense of self and 'like that sense of self, "home" brings with it the inescapable tyranny of limits, of borders. Whether home is a place, a location, a feeling, a tradition, an ethnicity, it carries with it the sometimes imperceptible, but ever-present reality of boundaries'. He illustrates this argument with examples from Arnold Zable's Jewels and Ashes (1991) and Ameican writer Toni Morrison's Paradise (1998) as well as a number of critical texts.
Generations of Journeys Janis Wilton , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Speaking to Immigrants : Oral Testimony and the History of Australian Migration 2002; (p. 149-169)
The Spoor of Scattered Memories : Journeys, Landscapes and Identities in Australian Transcultural Life Writing Luisa Percopo , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 40 no. 4 2009; (p. 109-127)
Trans-Siberian Spirit Simon Hughes , 1991 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12 October 1991; (p. 45)
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