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    Anouk Markovits(Author)

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In 1939 Transylvania, five-year-old Josef witnesses the murder of his family by the Romanian Iron Guard. He's rescued by a Gentile maid and raised as her own son. Five years later, Josef rescues young Mila after her parents are killed while running to meet the Rebbe Zalman Stern. Josef helps Mila reach Zalman, a leader in the Satmar community, and she is raised as a sister to Zalman's daughter, Atara. As the girls mature, Mila's faith intensifies, while Atara discovers a world of books. The rise of communism forces the family to move to Paris, where Zalman tries to raise his children within his strict tradition. Mila marries within the faith, while Atara questions the fundamentalist doctrine. The young women are estranged by their choices until a dangerous secret threatens to banish them from the only community they've ever known. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition co

"In this gem of a book, Anouk Markovits takes the reader to an exotic world, portrayed with such warmth and precision that the journey feels perfectly real, and the characters become your intimate friends." --Lara Vapnyar, author of "There Are Jews in My House""Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended.""--Library Journal " ""I Am Forbidden" moved me deeply. It brings many things wonderfully to life, including parts of history that I thought I knew but I now know better. Above all, it makes vivid the great comfort of strict religion, but also its sometimes painful confinement. I was swept away when I first read it. Now I am enlarged after reading it again."─John Casey, author of National Book Award winner "Spartina" and "Compass Rose""It is the rare novel that manages to be both achingly sympathetic and formidably honest. "I Am Forbidden" is both of these, and much more. Anouk Markovits's exploration of the obligations of faith--and the equally pressing obligations of the loving heart and inquisitive mind--is riveting."─Tova Mirvis, author of "The Ladies Auxiliary" and "The Outside World""In this gem of a book Anouk Markovits takes a reader to an exotic world, portrayed with such warmth and precision that the journey feels perfectly real and the characters become your intimate friends." ─Lara Vapnyar, author of "There Are Jews in My House""In her intense and appealing novel on the Satmar pious enclave, migrating after the Holocaust from Transylvania to Williamsburg, Anouk Markovits scrutinizes with a sharp eye both sides of the human conflict between free choice and limitless obedience. It's a fierce and sometimes tragic struggle for happiness through belonging to a community closed in its tradition or through independence and individuality--involving mind and soul, integrity and ideal, hope and despair. The revelatory, well-structured narrative, focuses on a topic that goes beyond Jewish, Christian or whatever religious or non-religious dogma to the very core of many ardent tensions in our"Orphaned during the Holocaust, two ultra-orthodox Jews bound by love and faith are driven apart by the same forces in a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment. [A] sober, finely etched scrutiny of extreme belief set in a female context." "--Kirkus" "Tracing the Stern family from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, [Markovits] focuses on daughter Atara and adopted daughter Mila, closer than close, until Atara wants more than the Satmar world can offer. Markovits plays fair: the believers are not stupid; their harsh world has beauty. We dwellers in the modern world know what "should" happen, but Markovits shows why, for those in the other world, it's not that simple." "--Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended." "--Library Journal " ""I Am Forbidden" moved me deeply. It brings many things wonderfully to life, including parts of history that I thought I knew but I now know better. Above all, it makes vivid the great comfort of strict religion, but also its sometimes painful confinement. I was swept away when I first read it. Now I am enlarged after reading it again."─John Casey, author of National Book Award winner "Spartina" and "Compass Rose""It is the rare novel that manages to be both achingly sympathetic and formidably honest. "I Am Forbidden" is both of these, and much more. Anouk Markovits's exploration of the obligations of faith--and the equally pressing obligations of the loving heart and inquisitive mind--is riveting."─Tova Mirvis, author of "The Ladies Auxiliary" and "The Outside World""In this gem of a book Anouk Markovits takes a reader to an exotic world, portrayed with such warmth and precision that the journey feels perfectly real and the characters become your intimate friends."Tracing the Stern family from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, [Markovits] focuses on daughter Atara and adopted daughter Mila, closer than close, until Atara wants more than the Satmar world can offer. Markovits plays fair: the believers are not stupid; their harsh world has beauty. We dwellers in the modern world know what "should" happen, but Markovits shows why, for those in the other world, it's not that simple." "--Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Markovits creates a vibrant, multilayered tale set within the conflicting obligations of faith and family." "--Booklist" "Orphaned during the Holocaust, two ultra-orthodox Jews bound by love and faith are driven apart by the same forces in a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment. [A] sober, finely etched scrutiny of extreme belief set in a female context." "--Kirkus" "Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended." "--Library Journal " ""I Am Forbidden" moved me deeply. It brings many things wonderfully to life, including parts of history that I thought I knew but I now know better. Above all, it makes vivid the great comfort of strict religion, but also its sometimes painful confinement. I was swept away when I first read it. Now I am enlarged after reading it again." ─John Casey, author of National Book Award winner "Spartina" and "Compass Rose" "It is the rare novel that manages to be both achingly sympathetic and formidably honest. "I Am Forbidden" is both of these, and much more. Anouk Markovits's exploration of the obligations of faith--and the equally pressing obligations of the loving heart and inquisitive mind--is riveting."─Tova Mirvis, author of "The Ladies Auxiliary" and "The Outside World" "In this gem of a book Anouk Markovits takes a reader to an exotic world, p"Markovits makes her stamp on the literary world with an ambitious, religiously-centered debut. [T]his ambitious, revelatory novel richly rewards your efforts and heralds a promising new writer." -"Entertainment Weekly""A lyrical novel about obedience, rebellion and tragedy by an author who grew up in the Hasidic community she writes about. With poetic grace, she succeeds at depicting the culture from the inside out, conveying the way in which a life of limitation and law can provide a bulwark of meaning." -Ilana Teitelbaum, "Huffington Post" "Anouk Markovits's "I Am Forbidden" contrasts the fates of a Hasidic family's two daughters, one who breaks with tradition to pursue a life of intellectual and emotional freedom, the other who cleaves to convention only to find her childless marriage is leading her to consider a course of action that falls well outside her religious beliefs." -Megan O'Grady, "Vogue" "Tracing the Stern family from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, [Markovits] focuses on daughter Atara and adopted daughter Mila, closer than close, until Atara wants more than the Satmar world can offer. Markovits plays fair: the believers are not stupid; their harsh world has beauty. We dwellers in the modern world know what "should" happen, but Markovits shows why, for those in the other world, it's not that simple." "--Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Markovits creates a vibrant, multilayered tale set within the conflicting obligations of faith and family." "--Booklist" "Orphaned during the Holocaust, two ultra-orthodox Jews bound by love and faith are driven apart by the same forces in a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment. [A] sober, finely etched scrutiny of extreme belief set in a female context." "--Kirkus" "Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; hi"The wonder of this elegant, enthralling novel is the beauty Ms. Markovits unearths in the Hasidic community she takes us into. Ms. Markovits, big-hearted and surprising, tenderly captures the complexities of adulthood for the one who stayed.... "I Am Forbidden" whips by, its extravagant narrative steadily cast with complicated, thoughtful characters." -Susannah Meadows, "The New York Times" "Markovits makes her stamp on the literary world with an ambitious, religiously-centered debut. [T]his ambitious, revelatory novel richly rewards your efforts and heralds a promising new writer." -"Entertainment Weekly ""A captivating tale." "-People ""Markovits's heroines are disenfranchised but resourceful, possessing an innate spirituality, despite, or perhaps because of, the freedom denied them." "-New Yorker ""A lyrical novel about obedience, rebellion and tragedy by an author who grew up in the Hasidic community she writes about. With poetic grace, she succeeds at depicting the culture from the inside out, conveying the way in which a life of limitation and law can provide a bulwark of meaning." -Ilana Teitelbaum, "Huffington Post" "Anouk Markovits's "I Am Forbidden" contrasts the fates of a Hasidic family's two daughters, one who breaks with tradition to pursue a life of intellectual and emotional freedom, the other who cleaves to convention only to find her childless marriage is leading her to consider a course of action that falls well outside her religious beliefs." -Megan O'Grady, "Vogue ""[A] story that will resonate with anyone who's ever bucked family expectations to find their own way of life." "-Oprah.com" "Markovits's portrayal of the contradictions and compromises of Hasidic faith is fascinating." "-"Times Literary Supplement"" "Markovits brings off this balancing act with skill and daring. Everyone is given their due. Instead of disrespect or easy judgment, there is generosity of spirit and delicacy of the pen... This is a book absorbing as any midrash and as enlightening as a library. I feel its contribution immediately and powerfully, and am happy to have given my time to it. I recommend you do the same." -"Unpious""A deeply felt account of people caught between worlds." -"The Jewish Daily Forward," Shoshana Olidort"In Anouk Markovits's outstanding novel, the title words could apply to many scenarios within its pages: cultures, relationships, and expectations all provide constant obstacles to either rise above or muddle through. There are many delicate balancing acts, and through it all, Markovits's characters shine through with determination and intelligence." --"Historical Novel Society " "Tracing the Stern family from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, [Markovits] focuses on daughter Atara and adopted daughter Mila, closer than close, until Atara wants more than the Satmar world can offer. Markovits plays fair: the believers are not stupid; their harsh world has beauty. We dwellers in the modern world know what "should" happen, but Markovits shows why, for those in the other world, it's not that simple." "--Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Markovits creates a vibrant, multilayered tale set within the conflicting obligations of faith and family." "--Booklist" "Orphaned during the Holocaust, two ultra-orthodox Jews bound by love and faith are driven apart by the same forces in a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment. [A] sober, finely etched scrutiny of extreme belief set in a female context." "--Kirkus" "Markovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended." "--Library Journal " "Anouk Markovits, the author of this spellbinding tale, has created a novel that is brilliant, beautiful and brave. Raised in a Parisian Hasidic Jewish community, Markovits avoided an arranged marriage at 19 by fleeing from her home. This experience informed her as she created Mila and Atara, two exquisitely drawn characters. Two girls raised as sisters in a strict Hasidic family; one continues in the family tradition; the other rebels. As the story of their lives unfold, these complex characters evolve in such graceful and powerful ways that they feel like old friends by the time we learn the full consequences of the choices of their youth. This book opens wide the interior world of the Satmar Hasidic Jewish sect, presenting the practices and traditions with a balance that helps us understand not only the choice to flee but the reasons to stay....If you have ever grown to question beliefs taught you as a child, struggled to find an autonomous identity in the midst of your family, hurt someone you love to save yourself or wanted more than the world allowed you, "I Am Forbidden" will speak to you and the voice will ring true. The writing is stunning, the execution flawless and the plot utterly gripping." ─"Stylist" UK ""I Am Forbidden" moved me deeply. It brings many things wonderfully to life, including parts of history that I thought I knew but I now know better. Above all, it makes vivid the great comfort of strict religion, but also its sometimes painful confinement. I was swept away when I first read it. Now I am enlarged after reading it again." ─John Casey, author of National Book Award winner "Spartina" and "Compass Rose" "It is the rare novel that manages to be both achingly sympathetic and formidably honest. "I Am Forbidden" is both of these, and much more. Anouk Markovits's exploration of the obligations of faith--and the equally pressing obligations of the loving heart and inquisitive mind--is riveting."─Tova Mirvis, author of "The Ladies Auxiliary" and "The Outside World" "In this gem of a book Anouk Markovits takes a reader to an exotic world, portrayed with such warmth and precision that the journey feels perfectly real and the characters become your intimate friends."─Lara Vapnyar, author of "There Are Jews in My House" "In her intense and appealing novel on the Satmar pious enclave, migrating after the Holocaust from Transylvania to Williamsburg, Anouk Markovits scrutinizes with a sharp eye both sides of the human conflict between free choice and limitless obedience. It's a fierce and sometimes tragic struggle for happiness through belonging to a community closed in its tradition or through independence and individuality--involving mind and soul, integrity and ideal, hope and despair. The revelatory, well-structured narrative, focuses on a topic that goes beyond Jewish, Christian or whatever religious or non-religious dogma to the very core of many ardent tensions in our troubled modernity."─Norman Manea, author of "The Hooligan's Return" "This novel is truly a seminal work on the topic of Jewish Fundamentalism. With unparalleled detail and poignant storytelling, this saga of a Satmar family explores and debunks the myths upon which the extreme version of Judaism we know today was founded, and it does so with a resounding clang. I found myself gripping the edge of my seat quite a few times, holding my breath while I waited to see how the characters in this novel would find self-determination. People will read this novel both because it is a beautiful story told in a magical setting, and because it completely unravels a world heretofore tightly enclosed. I extend my deepest gratitude and admiration for Anouk Markovits, who so skillfully brought my world to life, and abolished the mysteries that remained of my childhood." -Deborah Feldman, author of "New York Times" bestseller "Unorthodox"The wonder of this elegant, enthralling novel is the beauty Ms. Markovits unearths in the Hasidic community she takes us into. Ms. Markovits, big-hearted and surprising, tenderly captures the complexities of adulthood for the one who stayed.... I Am Forbidden whips by, its extravagant narrative steadily cast with complicated, thoughtful characters. Susannah Meadows, The New York TimesMarkovits makes her stamp on the literary world with an ambitious, religiously-centered debut. [T]his ambitious, revelatory novel richly rewards your efforts and heralds a promising new writer. Entertainment WeeklyA captivating tale.PeopleMarkovits s heroines are disenfranchised but resourceful, possessing an innate spirituality, despite, or perhaps because of, the freedom denied them.New YorkerA lyrical novel about obedience, rebellion and tragedy by an author who grew up in the Hasidic community she writes about. With poetic grace, she succeeds at depicting the culture from the inside out, conveying the way in which a life of limitation and law can provide a bulwark of meaning. Ilana Teitelbaum, Huffington PostAnouk Markovits s I Am Forbidden contrasts the fates of a Hasidic family s two daughters, one who breaks with tradition to pursue a life of intellectual and emotional freedom, the other who cleaves to convention only to find her childless marriage is leading her to consider a course of action that falls well outside her religious beliefs. Megan O Grady, Vogue[A] story that will resonate with anyone who's ever bucked family expectations to find their own way of life.Oprah.com Markovits's portrayal of the contradictions and compromises of Hasidic faith is fascinating.Times Literary SupplementMarkovits brings off this balancing act with skill and daring. Everyone is given their due. Instead of disrespect or easy judgment, there is generosity of spirit and delicacy of the pen This is a book absorbing as any midrash and as enlightening as a library. I feel its contribution immediately and powerfully, and am happy to have given my time to it. I recommend you do the same. Unpious A deeply felt account of people caught between worlds. The Jewish Daily Forward, Shoshana OlidortIn Anouk Markovits s outstanding novel, the title words could apply to many scenarios within its pages: cultures, relationships, and expectations all provide constant obstacles to either rise above or muddle through. There are many delicate balancing acts, and through it all, Markovits s characters shine through with determination and intelligence.Historical Novel SocietyTracing the Stern family from Transylvania to Paris and Brooklyn, [Markovits] focuses on daughter Atara and adopted daughter Mila, closer than close, until Atara wants more than the Satmar world can offer. Markovits plays fair: the believers are not stupid; their harsh world has beauty. We dwellers in the modern world know what should happen, but Markovits shows why, for those in the other world, it s not that simple.Publishers Weekly (starred review)Markovits creates a vibrant, multilayered tale set within the conflicting obligations of faith and family."BooklistOrphaned during the Holocaust, two ultra-orthodox Jews bound by love and faith are driven apart by the same forces in a sensitive consideration of tradition and commitment. [A] sober, finely etched scrutiny of extreme belief set in a female context.KirkusMarkovits immediately draws the reader in to a family saga of faith and longhidden secrets, set among the Hasidic Jews of eastern Europe and spanning four generations. A stunning novel; highly recommended.LibraryJournalAnouk Markovits, the author of this spellbinding tale, has created a novel that is brilliant, beautiful and brave. Raised in a Parisian Hasidic Jewish community, Markovits avoided an arranged marriage at 19 by fleeing from her home. This experience informed her as she created Mila and Atara, two exquisitely drawn characters. Two girls raised as sisters in a strict Hasidic family; one continues in the family tradition; the other rebels. As the story of their lives unfold, these complex characters evolve in such graceful and powerful ways that they feel like old friends by the time we learn the full consequences of the choices of their youth. This book opens wide the interior world of the Satmar Hasidic Jewish sect, presenting the practices and traditions with a balance that helps us understand not only the choice to flee but the reasons to stay....If you have ever grown to question beliefs taught you as a child, struggled to find an autonomous identity in the midst of your family, hurt someone you love to save yourself or wanted more than the world allowed you, I Am Forbidden will speak to you and the voice will ring true. The writing is stunning, the execution flawless and the plot utterly gripping. Stylist UK I Am Forbidden moved me deeply. It brings many things wonderfully to life, including parts of history that I thought I knew but I now know better. Above all, it makes vivid the great comfort of strict religion, but also its sometimes painful confinement. I was swept away when I first read it. Now I am enlarged after reading it again.John Casey, author of National Book Award winner Spartina and Compass RoseIt is the rare novel that manages to be both achingly sympathetic and formidably honest. I Am Forbidden is both of these, and much more. Anouk Markovits's exploration of the obligations of faith and the equally pressing obligations of the loving heart and inquisitive mind is riveting.Tova Mirvis, author of The Ladies Auxiliary and The Outside WorldIn this gem of a book Anouk Markovitstakes a reader to an exotic world, portrayed with such warmth and precision that the journey feels perfectly real and the characters become your intimate friends.Lara Vapnyar, author of There Are Jews in My HouseIn her intense and appealing novel on the Satmar pious enclave, migrating after the Holocaust fromTransylvania to Williamsburg, Anouk Markovits scrutinizes witha sharp eyeboth sides of the human conflict between free choice and limitless obedience. It's a fierce and sometimes tragic struggle for happiness through belonging to a community closed in its tradition or through independence and individuality involving mind and soul, integrity and ideal, hope and despair. The revelatory, well-structured narrative, focuses on a topic that goes beyond Jewish, Christian or whatever religious or non-religiousdogma to the very core of many ardent tensions in our troubled modernity.Norman Manea, author of The Hooligan s ReturnThis novel is truly a seminal work on the topic of Jewish Fundamentalism. With unparalleled detail and poignant storytelling, this saga of a Satmar family explores and debunks the myths upon which the extreme version of Judaism we know today was founded, and it does so with a resounding clang. I found myself gripping the edge of my seat quite a few times, holding my breath while I waited to see how the characters in this novel would find self-determination. People will read this novel both because it is a beautiful story told in a magical setting, and because it completely unravels a world heretofore tightly enclosed. I extend my deepest gratitude and admiration for Anouk Markovits, who so skillfully brought my world to life, and abolished the mysteries that remained of my childhood.Deborah Feldman, author of New York Times bestseller Unorthodox" --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • By jackrock on 22 May 2013

    The world of the Hasidic Jews is a frighteningly remote and at once primitive but learned universe. On the one hand the ruthless subordination to the teachings of the Bible make it positively cruel in its lack of room for compromise, and on the other hand the tradition and the ritual which has united the community for so many generations make it strangely alluring and one understands the hold it maintains on those who submit to its rules. This book will enlighten many people while telling a human story which is universal. Very well written and compelling. I recommend it most highly.

  • By Nightowl on 11 August 2012

    Other reviews have discussed the story line which is quite moving in its own way. Like it or not the reader is drawn into the plot in a quite extraordinary way and the characters are heart-wrenchingly superb. Along the way you will learn a great deal about the Hasidic community and its beliefs but overall it is the human story which will grip you to the end. A must read.

  • By chouxfleur on 6 July 2013

    I belong to a book club and one of our members suggested we read it As we are a group of women she thought we might be interested to see how women in others cultures live thier lives,It was amazing and I would say to anyone trying to understand other cultures to give it a go. I would certainly like to learn more.

  • By Veronika Bernstein on 26 September 2013

    If you are Jewish and secular then it confirms for you why you dont want to be orthodox.the underlining stoy of the origins of the Satmars in USA is very interesting.

  • By Cynthia on 27 June 2012

    Markovits writes of a Romanian Jewish community during World War II. They are from the Satmar sect and have very strict beliefs and traditions. There are two sets of parents, one trying to flee to safety and another attacked in their home, are murdered by fascists. Left behind are two children, one from each family, each is rescued. The boy is adopted by the family maid. She's a Christian and tries to keep him safe by teaching him to `pass' by adopting Christianity and pretending to be her own child. Though she's misguided she loves him very much. The girl is adopted and raised as a devout Jew by her father's Talmud study partner and bought up with his ever growing family in France.I found the immersion in this unique culture fascinating but also heartbreaking both because of the World War II atrocities but also because of how unbending and unforgiving the Satmar tradition seems to be. I also found this culture extremely loving and caring. This contradiction is at the heart of the story. I was reminded of Lisa See's "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan" for two reasons. See's book is centered on the very insular Chinese culture of the 19th century which also had very strict traditions and expectations for men and women and their respective roles. The second similarity between the stories was the central theme of women's friendships that were formed early and sustained through life's hardships. I feel like I'm walking a tightrope when I say this but neither the Satmar nor the 19th century Chinese traditions were female hating even though they were dominated by male privilege but they did have unflinching expectations.The orphan, Mila, and her adopted sister, Atara, were of one mind as children but in adulthood their paths forked. Each still held the other dear in her heart. This is the best part of Markovits's book. The women's relationship holds it together and is emotionally affecting. The story is told from various viewpoints and from many time periods but it remains clear. Markovits is an affecting, skilled writer. I didn't like the ending, it felt forced. I loved learning about a culture so different from any I'm familiar with. The contrast between the rigidity of the Satmar culture and the sweetness of the women's love for one another touched me deeply.3.5/5

  • By Gilgamesh on 12 August 2012

    This tightly plotted, multi-generational novel is incredibly strong and full of more surprises than you might expect given the author's background. It sensitively explores the lives and moral challenges faced by one Hasidic family. Particularly poignant if you are Jewish or have any connection to Central European History, but also a moving novel in its own right.


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