A Scrap of Time and Other Stories

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ISBN 978-0-8101-1259-9
Publication Date
June 1995
Page Count
165 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 3/4

A Scrap of Time and Other Stories

Ida Fink

Named a New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize

Winner of the Anne Frank Prize

These shattering stories describe the lives of ordinary people as they are compelled to do the unimaginable: a couple who must decide what to do with their five-year-old daughter as the Gestapo come to march them out of town; a wife whose safety depends on her acquiescence in her husband's love affair; a girl who must pay a grim price for an Aryan identity card.

About the Author

IDA FINK (1 November 1921 – 27 September 2011) was an Israeli Polish-language Jewish author who wrote about the Holocaust.


"A masterful collection . . . Fink's carefully wrought, almost sculptured images will--must--become part of the reader's own memory and imagination." --Boston Globe

"There is an immediacy in the telling which suggests an urgent impulse regulated by the discipline of the short form; a series of discrete incidents are built into something profoundly resonant . . . superbly but subtly crafted writing." --Times Literary Supplement