Israeli writer. She was born to an assimilated Jewish family. During World War II, she lived in Krakow ghetto and then was imprisoned in KL Plaszow (Płaszów), KL Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She has lived in Israel since 1946. Her debut did not come until 1975: "The silence lasted for thirty years. These were the years of denial of all these memories." The following of her eleven books were published in Poland: Moja winnica, Cena, Galia i Miklosz, Jesień młodości, Urojenia, Koniec dzieciństwa and Moje powroty.
"My first book was the sad, autobiographical Jesień młodości, although all the time I wanted to write Moja winnica (my family name is Weinfeld [German for vineyard]), about my family, my beautiful childhood in Krakow. I wrote about it all the time, dozens of times, but only inside me; I do not even know in what language, maybe in Polish, though the first language this book was published in was Hebrew. My Krakow childhood was short, but I have beautiful memories of it. [...] I loved Krakow very much before the war, I used to travel the length and breadth of it, I walked to all my cousins, to my aunt, again and again... After the war, my Krakow did not exist anymore, but it still lived inside me, it lived intensely through all these years of silence. This was my internal affair, my internal life. Outside, there was something completely different; everyday life, hard work, struggle for affiliation, for existence." [ezp].
born in 1935 in Sydney
Keneally was born to a family of Irish origins. As a young man, he studied in a Catholic seminary, but was never ordained to be a priest. Before he achieved literary success, he had worked as a teacher at the University of New England.
He debuted in 1964 with the book The Place at Whitton. He has written several dozen novels, plays and non-fiction works. As one of the most outstanding Australian writers, he received the Order of Australia and many literary awards: Booker Prize, Miles Franklin Award and New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award.
Some works from Keneally’s rich oeuvre have been published in Poland, for example historical novels Blood Red, Sister Rose (1982), Gossip from the Forest (1996) and Schindler’s List (1993). [is].
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