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The Resource The Fiftieth Gate

The Fiftieth Gate

Label
The Fiftieth Gate
Title
The Fiftieth Gate
Statement of responsibility
by Mark Raphael Baker
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A love story and a detective story, a study of history and of memory, this spellbinding new work explores a son's confrontation with the terror of his parents' childhood.Moving from Poland and Germany to Jerusalem and Melbourne, Mark Raphael Baker travels across the silence of fifty years, through the gates of Auschwitz, and into a dark bunker where a little girl hides in fear. As he returns to scenes of his parents' captivity, he struggles to unveil the mystery of their survival.The Fiftieth Gate is a journey from despair and death towards hope and life; the story of a son who enters his parents' memories and, inside the darkness, finds light.∗ Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Award 1997'It is an honour to read this magnificent book. Baker does with memory what Rembrandt does with light. He uses it to model, to imagine, to illuminate, to astonish.' - Philip Adams'This gate here, I recognise it. Behind it is a steep slope, a hill, fields, grass. We would slide down it in winter.'At last, an incontrovertible test through which my father's memory might be vindicated. Two lone gates that appear to lead nowhere.'Push,' we scream, 'lift the latch and push.''No. I remember too much now. No.'
Summary
In writing The Fiftieth Gate, Mark Baker describes a journey from despair and death towards hope and life; it is the story of a son who enters his parents' memories and, inside the darkness, finds light. In his evocative prose, Baker takes us to this place of horror, and then brings us back to reflect on these events and remember, 'Never again'. Across the silence of fifty years, Baker and his family travel from Poland and Germany to Jerusalem and Melbourne, as the author struggles to uncover the mystery of his parents' survival -- his father Yossl was imprisoned in concentration camps and his mother Genia was forced into hiding after the Jews of her village were murdered.
Biography type
autobiography
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10640204
Cataloging source
ANL
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1959-
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Baker, Mark Raphael
Dewey number
  • 994.004924
  • 940.5318
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
Target audience
adult
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a journey through memory
Label
The Fiftieth Gate
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:7a5ef2d3-2e08-4b75-bafe-ca2b886d144b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780730495116
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Fiftieth Gate
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:7a5ef2d3-2e08-4b75-bafe-ca2b886d144b
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780730495116
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Specific material designation
optical disk

Library Locations

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