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When We Danced on Water
by Evan Fallenberg


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Fromacclaimed author Evan Fallenberg, an exquisitelycrafted debut novel tells the story of a preeminent male ballet dancer in theautumn of his career--a Jew whose talent once saved him from the Nazis--whosefading passion for life will flare back to life after a new romance links himto a younger woman fleeing the ghosts of her past as an Israeli Soldier.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Fromacclaimed author Evan Fallenberg, an exquisitelycrafted debut novel tells the story of a preeminent male ballet dancer in theautumn of his career--a Jew whose talent once saved him from the Nazis--whosefading passion for life will flare back to life after a new romance links himto a younger woman fleeing the ghosts of her past as an Israeli Soldier. Fallenberg's Tel Aviv-set tale that will resonate withreaders of Wladyslaw Szpilman'sThe Pianist, Dalia Sofer'sThe Septembers of Shiraz, and Thrity Umrigar's The Space Between Us, as well as any whohave been touched by war or diaspora, as two characters' intimate journeypoignantly explores the pain of fractured pasts, the hope for second chances, thepotency of artistic catharsis, and the certainty that love can conquer all.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780062033321
  • ISBN-10: 0062033328
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial
  • Publish Date: May 2011
  • Page Count: 237
  • Dimensions: 8.04 x 5.29 x 0.66 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.42 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-04-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Fallenberg's (Light Fell) precise prose moves fluidly between the delicate and the bold, much like the aging dancer whose story he tells with such elegance. At 84, Teo Levin commands the dancers performing his choreography in the Tel Aviv Ballet with an authority and vigor that belies his age. He looks forward to his daily arguments about devotion and passion with 42-year-old artist Vivi, the waitress at a cafe he frequents. Vivi, aimless in the years since she fled preunified Berlin, finds her focus with Teo, at last. In turn, she forces him to share the secrets he's locked away about a shocking six-year period he endured as a young man in Nazi Germany. Fallenberg gives voice to the miasma of grief that overwhelms Teo and Vivi and achieves resonance in his exploration of music as a visual and physical experience. The author also manages to spin mundane discussions of passion and obsession into a rich narrative, skirting sentimentality. His spare style sneaks up on the reader, enhancing the emotionality inherent in his subject. (May)

 
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