Dora B: A Memoir of My Mother Hardcover – 6 Feb 2006
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'A revelation of salty poetry and raw life, worked out in her radiant voice. It feels intimate and fragmentary, but at the same time big, with the vivid haunt of mythology.' Andrea Ashworth
About the Author
Josiane Behmoiras was born in Paris in 1953 and emigrated to Israel in 1961, where she later studied film and worked as a freelance documentary director for Israeli television. In 1985 she emigrated to Australia. She completed a Masters degree in creative writing at the University of Melbourne in 2004, the year her first short stories were published. Dora B is her first book.
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Yet this sensual imagery is interwoven within a dark fairytale of the gradual but inevitable descent of Dora, who once lived in a ‘big house’ in Paris and studied English in Berlitz, into a Tel Aviv bag lady.
The story begins in France where Dora, a single mother, and her toddler daughter lead a sporadic life of wandering. A loving mother, Dora is also a restless soul driven by inner demons urging her not to overstay anywhere, even when she finds steady employment. Mother and daughter roam the Parisian streets and countryside roads meeting kind, comic or frightening strangers until eventually they are arrested for vagrancy.
The French authorities have an easy solution to their problem. They are Jewish? So let’s pay for their fare to the Promised Land.
‘We’ll have a wonderful life there, cherie,’ Dora reassures Josiane not knowing that their troubles have just begun…
In the Ma’abara, an Israeli migrant settlement of the sixties, life is tough. The poor economy, new country and language differences fire tensions between neighbours. As always, the weakest suffer most. Dora, a quirky woman who talks to microphones installed in the walls by her enemies, becomes the scapegoat.Read more ›