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The River of Angry Dogs

The River of Angry Dogs

A Memoir

Mira Hamermesh

Paperback

$24.00

(with free eBook)

eBook

$24.00

'The story of a teenager crossing Hitler's Europe with only her own courage and luck to sustain her. ... Stunning.' Elaine Feinstein

Mira Hamermesh is an award-winning film maker, painter and writer. This moving memoir gives a vivid account of her remarkable life.

As a young Jewish teenager Hamermesh escaped the horrors of German-occupied Poland and was spared the experience of the ghetto and the concentration camp that claimed most of her family. Mira shows how her status as a refugee has continued to influence her throughout her life. The journey led her across Europe and eventually to Palestine in 1941; her account of that region, before the establishment of Israel, provides a fascinating insight into the historical setting for today's conflict.

Having settled in London where she studied art and married, she eventually won a place at the celebrated Polish Film School in Lodz. At the height of the Cold War Mira Hamermesh commuted across the Iron Curtain - her experience of a divided Europe offers many insights into the political factors that affected people's everyday lives. Mira's theme of political conflict, so often explored in her films, is brought to life here in an intimate account that will live long in the memory.

Mira Hamermesh is a film maker, painter and writer. Her humanist documentaries have won international awards and world-wide distribution. Her most celebrated films explore themes related to war and conflicts: Maids and Madams (South Africa), Caste at Birth (India) and Loving the Dead (Poland). Having settled in London where she studied art and married, she eventually won a place at the celebrated Polish Film School in Lodz. At the height of the Cold War Mira Hamermesh commuted across the Iron Curtain – her experience of a divided Europe offers many insights into the political factors that affected people's everyday lives. Mira's theme of political conflict, so often explored in her films, is brought to life here in an intimate account that will live long in the memory.

'An extraordinary book, a frightening life. To be Polish without nation, Jewish without family, hunted down in a land at war - and to be a genius in the making - well, it's not the normal teenager's life. Mira Hamermersh sees past and present with a film-maker's flawless eye, in this shattering written memorial to those she loved and lost' - Fay Weldon

'An inspiring memoir about an extraordinary life, and it reads like a good novel' - The Times

'Simply wonderful. ... The narrative is utterly gripping. I could not put it down' - John Carey

'Universal, individualistic and triumphant in its vindication of humanity' - Jewish Chronicle

'This is the story of a teenager crossing Hitler's Europe with only her own courage and luck to sustain her. It is a book of stunning narrative power, as able to move the reader with the surprises of human goodness and happy reunions as with the terror of those dark times. It is unlike any other memoir of the period that I can recall' - Elaine Feinstein

'A fascinating account, covering so many countries, conditions, perils and states of mind' - Alan Sillitoe

Introduction by Fay Weldon
1. Before The War
2. Crossing Borders
3. Reunions And A New Life
4. Tearing Through The Iron Curtain
5. After The Pilgrimage
Epilogue
Index
Published by Pluto Press in Oct 2019
Paperback ISBN: 9780745340296
eBook ISBN: 9781786805386

320 pages

135mm x 215mm