From the author of Cafe Scheherazade and The Fighter
comes a new nonfiction collection about humanity’s indestructable desire for survival
This quartet of true stories—of displacement, of survival and of resistance—spans the globe and reflects the universal spirit of humanity. Master storyteller Arnold Zable takes us to distant lands, and those closer to home, to weave tales within tales of people compelled to live extraordinary lives.
A miller in rural China sits silently with the thrum of his waterwheel. A survivor of Pol Pot’s killing fields works to bring music and joy to a new generation. A theatre troupe rises out of the horror of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. A Wurundjeri elder shares her knowledge of the land and the story of her great-great-uncle’s stand against invasion. And a family leave the old world for the new, unaware it is a land far more ancient than the one they had left.
‘Zable elevates history into near mythical tales of wonder.’
‘This is a man who truly believes in the power of stories.’
‘I can think of no other writer who describes the aching heart of humanity with as much wisdom and compassion as Arnold Zable. The Watermill brings gentle light to some dark places. Whatever ails the human race, Zable is surely part of the solution.’