Gabriel Josipovici

Gabriel Josipovici

The author of eighteen novels, twenty plays, three volumes of stories, eight critical books, and a memoir of his mother (the poet and translator Sacha Rabinovitch), Gabriel Josipovici is a prolific writer. He was born in Nice in 1940, lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, then went to England where he read English at Oxford University. Although Josipovici wrote in a variety of genres, it was his short fiction Mobius the Stripper that brought him early success in 1974. Two distinct themes are frequently present in Josipovici’s works; the idea of art as a toy, and the sense that we are creatures in time. His plays have been widely performed and broadcast in England, France, and Germany, and his works have been translated into several languages. Josipovici was a Professor of English at the School of European Studies at Sussex University for thirty-five years and took early retirement in 1998. He lives in Lewes, England and regularly contributes to the Times Literary Supplement.

In a Hotel Garden

Fiction by Gabriel Josipovici

In a Hotel Garden is a provocative work by the English novelist once described by Sir Frank Kermode as “an admirable and rare example of the writer-critic.” It is a captivating novella, written almost entirely in dialogue. In a Hotel Garden unfolds character and meaning with a lovely, meditative tension. The narrator Ben relates to his friends his enthralling encounter with a Jewish woman in the Dolomite Alps. The tale of her compulsive visit to a hotel garden in Siena––where her grandmother fell in love with a man soon to be a victim of the Holocaust––illuminates Ben’s half-lived life, and raises the question of how we can ever come to terms with the destruction of the European Jews in our century.…
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