Hopeful Traveller, The

Author(s): Janina David
ISBN13/Barcode: 9781838172053

“A rich understanding of human nature—playful, wry but empathetic. Janina David’s writing has both a lightness and a certainty of touch: a welcome reminder of how to do it.” M. Bawden In France, Mattie feels 20 again. In Poland, Magda revisits her impoverished family. In Uzbekistan, Diana lets a fellow tourist kiss her. In Germany, Lynn loses her luggage on the Düsseldorf train. The Hopeful Traveller is a collection of short stories about—and told by—single women who have put the past behind them but are still looking for their anchor in the present. The stories include bitter-sweet accounts of the freedoms of postwar life, foreign travel, the rekindling of old friendships and the search for new ones.
They speak of cosmopolitan, self-confident, wellheeled characters, in an era just before the birth of feminism, conventional in their expectations of men, always just a step away from displacement and alienation.
Set variously in Paris, Kalisz, Samarkand, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Erfurt, Singapore and London, these stories, from a much-admired veteran writer, offer a teasing mix of realism and fantasy, wishfulfilment and regret.
Some of these stories have appeared in translation in overseas annuals and collections.


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Janina David (born 1930 in Poland) is a Holocaust survivor and a British writer and translator. She escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943, hiding in a Polish Catholic household and a convent until she was able to reach Paris in 1946 and then emigrated to Australia, alone, in 1948. A year after moving to London in 1958, she started work on a three-volume autobiography, the first volume of which—A Square of Sky—went on to be a best-seller in Germany, a set text in German schools, a play and a film. In 1982 she was awarded Germany’s Goldener Gong together with the film’s director, Franz Peter Wirth, and its lead actor, Dana Vávrová. Since 1978, she has worked as an author and translator of children’s and young people’s books, and of radio plays, for the BBC and others. Her other titles include A Touch of Earth and Light over the Water 

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ISBN13/Barcode 9781838172053
ISBN10 183817205X
Author Janina David
Binding Paperback
Date Published 2 Sep 2021
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 225
Publisher EnvelopeBooks

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