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Om Aaron's Leap
Told in clear and beautiful prose, Aarons Leap is a deeply moving portrait of love, sacrifice, and the transformative power of art in a time of brutal uncertainty. SIMON VAN BOOY, author of The Illusion of SeparatenessBased on the real-life story of Bauhaus artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, Aarons Leap is framed by the lens of a twenty first-century Israeli film crew delving into the extraordinary life of a woman who taught art to children in the Nazi transport camp of Terezn and died in Auschwitz. Aided by the granddaughter of one of the artists pupils, the filmmakers begin to uncover buried secrets from a time when personal and artistic decisions became matters of life-and-death. Spanning a century of Central European history, the novel evokes the founding impulses, theories, and personalities of the European Modernist movement (with characters modeled after Oskar Kokoschka, Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel) and shows what it takes to grapple with a troubled history, leap into the unknown, and dare to be oneself.Magdalna Platzov was raised in Prague and has lived in Washington, DC and New York City, where she taught literature at NYU, and now lives in Lyon, France. She is the author of a childrens book, two collections of short stories, and three novels, including Aarons Leap, a Lidov Noviny Book of the Year Award finalist, hailed by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as a novel that must be counted among the best written by contemporary Czech writers. It is her first book to be published in English.