Dancing on Tisha B'Av

Lev Raphael


Dancing on Tisha B'Av

Dancing on Tisha B'Av

  • Title: Dancing on Tisha B'Av
  • Author: Lev Raphael
  • ISBN: 9780312063269
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback



Whether bearing witness to the Holocaust and its aftermath, dealing with conflicts between being gay and traditional Judaism, or confronting anti Semitism and homophobia, these passionate stories by a prize winning author break new ground in contemporary fiction.


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A collection of short stories that feel very autobiographical. There are echoes between the stories, like the echoes from the unknown past Raphael writes about, and some of the characters reappear several times. The book is mostly about Jewishnes and the generational devide between camp survivors and their American born children. Some but not all stories include gayness as further theme but mostly as a way to explore a further example of belonging to difference. The collection functions well as [...]

Dancing on Tisha B'av is a collection of short stories about being gay and Jewish. It was published in 1990, but many of the stories were published before then, in the 1980s. There is a lot of talk about AIDS, which makes sense considering it was a prominent fear at that time. A few of the stories feature men who are proudly, happily gay but stuck in relationships with closet cases. "Betrayed by David Bowie" was a good one (oh, but it made me sick). There are some stories having less to do with [...]

The Essay entitled, "Remind me to Smile" had me smiling the entire time I read it. A refreshing and hopeful glimpse into the future.

Like David Leavitt 20 years earlier with better metaphors.


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