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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 Yossel 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 Introducer

    Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller and human rights advocate. His works include Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Violin Lessons and The Fighter, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. Zable lives in Melbourne.

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    31 March 2003
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    • Cafe Scheherazade
      ISBN: 9781921799457
      31 March 2003
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