Brown Scarf Blues

Brown Scarf Blues

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A Sephardic Jewish writer comes to Madrid for a conference of Spanish-descended Jews, just after the deaths of his sister and his best friend. In Seville he finds a scarf that stays on his neck for thirteen days until, just as suddenly, it disappears, lost in Madrid. The scarf becomes an obsessive symbol of loss, of farewells to things and people. The writer says goodbye to the dead but also to all the people he has not been and never will be. He says goodbye to dreams. Meanwhile, he will soon meet Spanish Jews who were lost in the Amazon for 150 years, who he previously wrote about ten years earlier in a novel. Could he have invented that reality? Is reality the product of what we imagine? The novella spans countriesa€”Morocco, Brazil, New York and Israela€”and languagesa€”Hebrew, French, Spanish, Portuguese and especially Haketia, the Judeo-Spanish of Northern Morocco that insists on surviving as a living-dead remnant of a vanished culture, as the words and expressions left behind by a lost world.And that scarf, there by itself, as I put on my raincoat, that scarf seemed like a hand calling me to contact, a gentle hand, ... I stepped after them with the scarf in hand, not yet around my neck, and asked the last person in the line if the scarf was hers, and whether she knew whose it was. ... maybe in a suit and scarf, maybe because their spouse said just before leaving the house, honey, put on your scarf oranbsp;...

Title:Brown Scarf Blues
Author:Mois Benarroch
Publisher:Babelcube Inc. - 2015-08-31


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