The White Book

The White Book

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Written while on a writer's residency in Warsaw, a city palpably scarred by the violence of the past, the narrator finds herself haunted by the story of her older sister, who died a mere two hours after birth. A fragmented exploration of white things -- the swaddling bands that were also her shroud, the breast milk she did not live to drink, the blank page on which the narrator herself attempts to reconstruct the story -- unfold in a powerfully poetic distillation. As she walks the unfamiliar, snow-streaked streets, lined by buildings formerly obliterated in the Second World War, their identities blur and overlap as the narrator wonders, 'Can I give this life to you?'. The White Book is a meditation on a color, on the tenacity and fragility of the human spirit, and our attempts to graft new life from the ashes of destruction.
Publisher: London :, Portobello Books,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781846276293
Characteristics: 161 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Smith, Deborah 1987-

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