Born in 1921 in Zbaraz (currently in the
Ukraine), Ida Fink studied at the Lwow Conservatory. She spent the years
1941-1942 in the ghetto and survived after escaping to the "Aryan
side". She has lived in Israel since 1957 where she writes, in Polish,
exclusively about the Holocaust: the collections of stories A SCRAP OF
TIME (1987), THE JOURNEY (1990), and TRACES (1996). She was honored with
the Anne Frank Prize in 1985.
To be more precise, Ida Fink writes about how individual people
survived - what resistance strategies they chose, what remained in their
memories, how they tell the story. As the titles indicate, the stories
are mere scraps and vestiges of the past. Only in this way, fragmentary
and hardly epic, dry, sometimes tinged with a trace of irony or humor,
is it possible to speak about the Holocaust. The short story form is
imposed here not by aesthetics, but by the cruelty of the world.
SKRAWEK CZASU (A SCRAP OF TIME). London: Aneks, 1987.
PODROZ (THE JOURNEY). London: Aneks, 1990.
SLADY (TRACES). Warsaw: W.A.B., 1996.
ODPLYWAJACY OGROD (THE GARDEN THAT FLOATED AWAY), Warszawa: W.A.B., 2003
English: THE JOURNEY [PODROZ], New York: Farrar-Straus, 1992 A SCRAP
OF TIME [SKRAWEK CZASU], New York: Pantheon, 1987 TRACES [SLADY], New
York: Metropolitan Books, 1997.
French: LE JARDIN A LA DÉRIVE. Paris: Marin Sell, 1989. LE VOYAGE. Paris: Robert Laffont, 1992.
German: DIE REISE. München: Piper, 1991.
EINE SPANNE ZEIT. ERZÄHLUNGEN UND DAS STÜCK: DER TISCH. Frankfurt:
Fischer Taschenbuch, 1986. NOTIZEN ZU LEBENSLÄUFEN [SLADY], Frankfurt
a.M.: Fischer, 1998.
Danish: REJSEN [PODROZ], Kopenhaga: Vindrosl, 1993.
Dutch: DE REIS [PODROZ], Amsterdam: Menlenhoff, 1991 DE
WEDEROPSTANDING VAN DE BAKKER [SLADY], Amsterdam: Menlenhoff,1997 EEN
KLEINE OGENBLIK [SKRAWKI CZASU], Haga: BZZTOH, 1984.
Hebrew: NELECH B'LEJON NISKAN B'JAMIM [PODROZ], Tel Aviv: Sifriet
Poalim, 1993 HAGAN KE-MEFLIK L'MARCHAKIM [SKRAWEK CZASU], Tel Aviv:
Sifriet Poalim, 1988 RISHUMIM L'KAROT CHAIM [SLADY], Tel Aviv: Am Oved,
Italian: IL VIAGGIO [PODROZ], Parma: Guanda, 1993 FRAMMENTI DI TEMPO [SKRAWEK CZASU], Milano: Feltrinelli, 1995.
Norwegian: REISEN [PODROZ], Oslo: Document Forlag, 1997.