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Sloan Kettering: Poems
Sloan Kettering: Poems
 
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Abba Kovner, Edward A. Levenston, Eddie Levenston (translator)

Publisher: Schocken Books


"[This] translation unfolds a multi-leveled composition of personal stormy biography, a strong sense of a national and humane mission, and above all-the simplicity reached by a person of stature, on the eve of his death . . . He now knows that life is an unending quest, soaring above principles and wars, that being Jewish entails a constant search for meaning, that the milk a Holocaust survivor drinks is always red, that most questions have no answers . . . Here is a work of art, masterfully presented."
--A.B. Yehoshua

"Abba Kovner was one of the greatest poet-fighters in the Jewish tradition. I grew up in his light, as did many of those of my generation. He was a hero to us all, and a splendid poet. To read, hear, experience the intimacy
of his last months-- that is something very powerful."
--Chaim Potok

"These are beautiful, stern, lacerating poems written by a genuine hero as he was dying of cancer. They detail his struggle to bear witness to the destruction of his body and the perseverance of his will and identity. It is a terrifying but superb legacy he has given us."
--Marge Piercy

"In this deeply moving collection, Kovner shows the same greatness of spirit in confronting cancer that he showed in confronting Nazis in the Vilna ghetto."
-- RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER, author of WHEN BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

"Abba Kovner wrote about his impending death with a broken heart -- a heart laid open to longing, to memory, to love, to the ugly details of cancer treatment. The Sloan-Kettering Poems are unsentimentally, passionately, furiously alive."
--Anita Diamant (author of Saying Kaddish, The Red Tent, and Good Harbor)

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