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Esther David

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Esther David comes from the Bene Israel Jewish community in India. She grew up in Ahmedabad, where her father, a hunter-turned-veterinarian, founded a zoo. She trained as a sculptor and lectures on Art History. She is the author of The Walled City, the Book of Esther and the Book of Rachel.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

2010

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Esther David has been compared both to Isaac Bashevis Singer and Rohinton Mistry. The author of The Book of Esther and Shalom India Housing Society told us wry, affectionate tales about the dwindling Bene Israel community. She spoke about the conflicting desire to be part of Indian society while retaining a Jewish identity and disclosed how and why she came to write about this unique community, to which she still belongs.

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Video

 
Jonathan Safran Foer discussing his novel Here I Am with Hephzibah Anderson at an out-of-festival event.