Where I Stand

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Where I Stand

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by Serge Liberman
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This novella and series of short stories explore the question of what it means to confront life in its diverse manifestations, to suffer and be human.

As a physician, Dr Raphael Bloom encounters a fascinating and complex range of patients who come to him, not only to be healed physically, but to grapple with existential problems of memory, aging, generational distancing, doubt, disappointment, purpose, hope, faith and loss of faith, in the process baring before him their innermost ranklings, aspirations and capabilities of the human body, heart, mind and soul.

Serge Liberman's writing is eloquent, luminous and accomplished.

Born in Russia in 1942, Serge Liberman came to Australia in 1951, where he now works as a medical practitioner. His literary work has been widely published; he has been Editor of the Melbourne Chronicle, Associate Editor of Outrider and Literary Editor of the Australian Jewish News.

He has contributed to many other publications and been included in anthologies in Australia and overseas. As author of five short-story collections, On Firmer Shores, A Universe of Clowns, The Life That I Have Led, The Battered and the Redeemed and Voices from the Corner, he has three times received the Alan Marshall Award and has also been a recipient of the NSW Premier's Literary Award. Several of these have been set as study texts in Australian and overseas high schools and universities.

In addition, he is the compiler of A Bibliography of Australian Judaica, a third and annotated edition of which he is currently updating.

"Serge Liberman is one of Australia's most distinctive and distinguished writers of short fiction and a major figure in Australian Jewish letters ... A medical practitioner by profession, his world view combines compassionate pessimism with gritty, sometimes visionary intimations of human betterment. Liberman's narrative mode, unique in Australian letters, is a form of sociological realism that is rich in psychological complexity and given to flights of speculation, even vision.
He owes more to Chekhov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Kafka, than to any Australian literary forebear; his work also has close affinities with that of Sholom Aleichem, I.L. Peretz, Nachman of Bratzlav, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and modern American Jewish writers like Bellow and Malamud." Professor Richard Freadman
"Serge Liberman is a visionary - a Melbourne amalgam of Bunyan, Blake and Wordsworth, with a trace of Joseph Furphy. He sits squarely in the tradition of the citizen moralist, casting a judgmental prophetic eye around him." David English, University Lecturer in English, The Weekend Australian

Setting and environment are established in vivid and compelling prose … Utilisation of prose rhythms is outstanding." Citation of the judges of the Alan Marshall Award

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