A Small Dark Quiet

By Miranda Gold

Is it possible to replace a life?

Thursday, 21 September 2017

What a gift to start the new year!

A very warm welcome to those who have pledged since last update, it's wonderful to have your support. The novel is now 67% funded and it's thanks to you that it's getting closer to making its way into the world and into readers' hands.

I was very touched by Meike Ziervogel's response to 'A Small Dark Quiet', truly a gift to start the new year, which I'm delighted to share with you. Meike is the founder of the wonderful Pereine Press and the author of four acutely observed and deeply moving novels.

"A Small Dark Quiet is a powerful exploration of trauma and the need to belong. The experience of reading Miranda Gold's latest novel resembles that of listening to a symphony. With harmonies and dissonances, with thematic variations and repetitions she sweeps the reader of their feet, takes us on a journey of post-war soul searching and eventually releases us back into every day life slightly changed."

I also wanted to let you know that I met with the writer and academic, Josh Cohen, to discuss an event on fictional responses to trauma. We're hoping to explore this within a broader context in order to understand and break down the way the Jewish experience has come to represent trauma and persecution. We also talked about the way the victim becomes idealised and how this can turn in on itself, the ways in which symbols can become short hand for suffering, multiple narratives homogenised, and ritual remembrance formulaic. I'm also keen to understand further how trauma is carried through the generations and transforms into a myth that can become the foundation of identity, how we can engage with personal and collective histories without either being paralysed by them or cutting off from them. I will keep you posted about this and let you know as soon as we have a date for the event in case any of you would like to join us. In the mean time, please do come along to Hornsey Library this Saturday at 3pm - I would love to see you there and hear your thoughts. I've no doubt Catlin Davies will bring a fascinating perspective and it will be a rich afternoon. 

Thank you again and a very happy new year.



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