Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin
Barzaz, 2021, 2022
Ó bhí sí ina páiste óg, tá Levana bródúil as a dúchas Giúdach agus as na mná láidre a chuaigh roimpi. Duine acu sin í Hana
Lazare, seanmháthair Levana, a theith ina cailín óg di óna tír dhúchais i dtuaisceart na hEorpa, an t-aon duine amháin dá
muintir a tháinig slán ó shlad an Shoah. Ach nuair a thagann mearbhall intinne ar Hana i ndeireadh a saoil,
sceitheann blúirí eolais óna béal a fhágann Levana trína chéile. Seoltar an bhean óg ar aistear a thugann uirthi gach rud a dúirt a seanmháthair riamh léi a cheistiú. De réir mar a ghluaiseann an scéal ó Pháras go dtí an Bhruiséil go hiarthar na hÉireann, druideann Levana le fíorscéal a seanmháthar agus leis an tubaiste ba chúis leis an saol rúnda atá caite ag Madame Lazare.
Levana has always been proud of her Jewish heritage and the generations of Jewish women who went before her. One of those women is her grandmother, Hana Lazare, who raised Levana in a traditional Jewish community in Paris. Hana’s story is one of struggle: as a child, she fled the Nazi invasion of her Northern European homeland and made her way to London. She was the only member of her family that survived the Shoah. She has never spoken a word about that other life to Levana.
But as Hana succumbs to old age and her mind becomes increasingly confused, fragments of memory emerge that surprise Levana. And as Hana unknowingly reveals more of her past, Levana finds herself questioning everything her grandmother has ever told her. The trail leads from Paris to Brussels to the Atlantic coast of Ireland, and as it does so Levana closes in on the true story of Madame Lazare’s past and the event that changed forever the course of her life.