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Book Launch: Life in Translation by Azila Talit Reisenberger

Life in Translation Azila Talit ReisenbergerModjaji Books is proud to invite you to the launch of a new collection of poems, Life in Translation, by well known feminist Bible scholar Azila Talit Reisenberger. The poems are mostly in English, a few are in Hebrew.

The launch will be on Wednesday 30th January, 17h30 for 18h00, at the Centre for the Book, 62 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.

Wine, water, snacks and a reading are on offer… Copies of Life in Translation will be on sale.

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More about the book:

What am I to, for, and with
Am I affiliated, attached or associated?
Am I linked, annexed or merged?
Surely not amalgamated.
Is there a word for the wish to belong?

Azila Talit Reisenberger is a Bible scholar, a rabbi, a mother, a wife, and a poet. In all these selves she grapples with translating her life from Hebrew to English and back again.

Life in Translation is full of wry humour, longing, bitterness, sweetness, playfulness, and subversions of traditional meanings and texts – a delightful book that charms and surprises anew with each reading.

Tenderly and candidly these poems lay bare the experiences of a woman who feels herself an ousider, in between two lives, two countries, two languages. Mostly translated from the original Hebrew, these fresh moments of insight and nostalgia make an important contribution to the multi-lingual nature of South African poetry.
– Marcia Leveson

Not to be heard. Not to be understood. Azila Reisenberger’s poetry makes us overwhelmingly aware how often we have to translate ourselves in order to mattter.
– Antjie Krog

More about the author:

Azila Talit Reisenberger is an award winning author who has had poetry and short stories published in Israel, the USA, UK, Germany and South Africa. Two of her plays: “Adam’s Apple” and “The loving father”, were staged at the Grahamstown Festival. She is a senior lecturer in Hebrew and Jewish Studies in the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Cape Town, and renowned for her passionate lectures and articles on gender issues and feminist theology in the Bible.

For the past 18 years she has served as the Spiritual Leader of Temple Hillel, a progressive Jewish community in East London. She lives in Cape Town with her husband and three children.

About Life in TranslationBook specifications:

Azila Talit Reisenberger
Modjaji Books
ISBN 978-0-9802729-1-8
First Edition
RRP: R90.00 incl VAT
Softback • 56pages •
210 x 135mm
Subject categories: poetry


Modjaji Books
P O Box 385, Athlone, 7760

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