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Cafe Scheherazade

Cafe Scheherazade

Arnold Zable

  • award* Winner, People's Choice Award, Tasmanian Pacific Fiction Prize, 2003
  • ‘In Acland Street, St Kilda, there stands a cafe called Scheherazade.’ Thus begins Arnold Zable’s haunting meditation on displacement, and the way the effects of war linger in the minds of its survivors. In this deeply moving book we meet Avram and Masha, proprietors of the cafe, and hear the tales that they and their fellow storytellers have to offer: of Moshe stalking the streets of Shanghai and Warsaw, of Laizer imprisoned in the Soviet city of Lvov, and of Zalman marooned in Vilna and Kobe. And we learn how Avram and Masha met and fell in love and came to create their Melbourne cafe together.

    In this mesmerising book, at once fable and history, fiction becomes a way of remaining faithful to the stories of cities strung across the globe like pearls on a string, to the maps and narratives etched in the minds of old men talking in a cafe by the sea.

    Reading Australia teaching notes available here.

    Arnold Zable
    About the Author

    Arnold Zable was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and grew up in the inner Melbourne suburb of Carlton. He has travelled and lived in the USA, India, Papua New Guinea, Europe, Southeast Asia and China, and now lives in Melbourne with his wife and son.

    His books include Jewels and Ashes, Café Scheherazade, The Fig Tree, Scraps of Heaven and Sea...

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    Extent:
    232pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    31 March 2003
    ISBN:
    9781877008092
    AU Price:
    $23.95
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    Praise for Arnold Zable
    andCafe Scheherazade

    ‘An original, deeply felt, beautifully written book.’

    ‘Remarkable.’

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    • Cafe Scheherazade
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      ISBN: 9781921799457
      31 March 2003
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