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What are the Blind Men Dreaming?

Noemi Jaffe author Ellen Elias-Bursac translator Julia Sanches translator


Publisher:Deep Vellum Publishing

Published:10th Nov '16

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• Introduction request going out targeting authors such as Francine Prose, Jonathan Safran Foer, or other similar relevant author • Galleys available upon request • Partnership with the Jewish Book Council to promote author and book to audiences at Jewish cultural centers, Holocaust museums, and Jewish literary festivals • Author tour across the US, targeting bookstore and university audiences • Promotion through the Brazilian Embassy's Cultural Services division • Promotion on LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle, and other social reading websites • Promotion on the publisher's website (, Twitter feed (@deepvellum), and Facebook page (/deepvellum) • Promotion in the publisher’s e-newsletter • Promotion at the Texas Book Festival, Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, the American Literary Translators Association Conference, and Book Expo America • Pitching for author appearances at book festivals around the US, such as Brooklyn Book Festival, Texas Book Festival (Austin), Litquake (San Francisco), Miami Book Fair International, PEN World Voices (NYC), Book Expo America (Chicago) • Print publicity targeting literary journals and newspaper book sections, especially the Dallas Morning News • Promotion on LibraryThing, Goodreads, Riffle, and other social reading websites • Serial rights targeting Granta, Words Without Borders, Asymptote, The White Review; One Story, The Paris Review, Guernica, Tin House, McSweeney’s, the New Yorker, and others • Publicity targeting The New Inquiry, The Millions, Full-Stop, The Nervous Breakdown, HTMLGIANT, Three Percent, The Literary Saloon, The Quarterly Conversation, and more • Print and digital advertising in select literary journals and magazines and on their websites, such as Granta, The Rumpus, The White Review, A Public Space, Little Star, The Coffin Factory, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Electric Literature, Music & Literature, Entropy, Asymptote, Words Without Borders, World Literature Today and others • Special book-related advertising targeting Jewish literary magazines, journals, websites, and blogs, such as Tablet, Forward, Jewish Week, JTA, MyJewishLearning, etc.

Three generations of women reflect, in their own words, on the Holocaust and bearing witness in Jewish and Brazilian identity."This is much more than a survival story. It is the story of how the scars of a woman can be and are passed through generations. It is about being a woman, a mother, and a daughter."--Gabriela Almeida, Continente "An infinite work."--O Estadao de Sao Paulo A groundbreaking use of storytelling to bear witness to the Holocaust features three generations of women's own voices--Lili's diary written upon liberation from Auschwitz; daughter Noemi Jaffe exploring the power of memory, survival, and bearing witness; and granddaughter Leda, Noemi's daughter, on the significance of the Holocaust and Jewish identity seventy years after the war.

"It is said that 'we must never forget,' but, as the world becomes a more volatile place, it becomes easy to wonder if some of those lessons have begun to be forgotten. Compelling pieces of literature from the Jewish diaspora such as Jaffe's novel that make bystanders ask the questions and feel the inexplicable feeling of suffering and survival are more important now than ever." -- Hannah Wise, Dallas Morning News "A thoughtful and moving addition to the canon of Holocaust literature." -- Jewish Book Council Included in Words Without Borders' "September 2016 Watchlist" "Jaffe adds to Brazil's well-established tradition of Jewish writing, which includes the likes of Clarice Lispector and Moacyr Scliar ... What Are the Blind Men Dreaming? is an exquisite and original meditation" -- Bruna Dantas Lobato, Ploughshares "An arresting account of the holocaust and expatriation" -- The Culture Trip "A book that fights against oblivion every step of the way--in Stern, writing her story for it to be read by the generations to come, and in Jaffe and Cartum, who meditate on what it means to remember, and to live in the wake of memory. The Holocaust is something that is totalizing in its horror. It resists being thought about or written about." -- Josh Phillips, Moment Magazine "This is much more than a survival story. It is the story of how the scars of a woman can be and are passed through generations. It is about being a woman, a mother and a daughter." -- Gabriela Almeida, Continente "This book of Noemi and her mother, however, is not just another painful story; it is the conclusion that there are no answers for what happened. But there is one certainty: 'You have to remember, we must forget.' This is the key to overcoming a past so infinitely bad. So Noemi turns the story into a mosaic of questions -- and is thus an infinite work." -- O Estadao de Sao Paulo

ISBN: 9781941920367

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 283g

264 pages