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Once, Only the Swallows Were Free : A Memoir - Gabrielle Gouch

Once, Only the Swallows Were Free

A Memoir

Paperback Available: 6th May 2019
ISBN: 9781921665998
Number Of Pages: 288

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Twenty-five years after Gabrielle Gouch left her native land, Transylvania, communism collapsed and the author returned to Romania from Australia to visit her half-brother Tom who told her stories about his life under communism. Though the story is factual, the author uses her strong eye for detail and the techniques of fiction to create this engaging and thought-provoking account about ordinary people in turbulent times. These sad and funny tales are interleaved with the story of the rest of the family from which Tom became estranged. This memoir portrays the exodus of Jewish families from Romania and their arrival in the Promised Land, a dream come true for some but a shock for others. It explores issues of identity, disability, emigration and family relationships against a background of the major political events of the time from a perspective that challenges some accepted views.

About the Author

Gabrielle Gouch was born in Transylvania, Romania. At the age of twenty she and her family emigrated to Israel. Seven years later she emigrated again, this time to Australia. Trained in science, she worked as a Research Scientist in universities, major companies and most recently in the Public Service. She has a daughter and lives with her husband in Sydney. This is her first book.

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Captivating . The Jidovitza episode made me cry. In a few words you could see Motek the Tailor , Tevyie the Milkman , even Chagall the painter,That was a way of life destroyed by the Holocaust. The rest ? I remember my family and myself waiting for the passport to freedom, my parents being careful talking in front of the children. Brilliant !

Ashfield NSW



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ISBN: 9781921665998
ISBN-10: 1921665998
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Available: 6th May 2019
Publisher: Hybrid Publishers
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.37

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