A Disappearing Number
Sophie Judah, Edna Fernandes
There are many theories about the origins of the various Jewish communities in India but fewer about their slow dissapearance, which can be attributed to internicine struggle rather than external anti-semitism.
Sophie Judah was raised in the Bene Israel community which she brings back to life in her delightful Dropped from Heaven, a collection of interconnected short stories.
In The Last Jews of Kerala, Edna Fernandes shows how internal racism between ‘white’ and ‘black’ Jews and quarrels over who came first, spelt their demise.
Together, they spoke about this fascinating and unique world.
Sophie Judah was born in India but immigrated to Israel in the 70s. A mother of 7 children, she came to writing late after graduating from Bar Ilan University Creative Writing Course; she is now onto her second novel. Dropped from Heaven was her first published book.Edna Fernandes
Edna Fernandes is a British Indian journalist who was born in Nairobi and grew up in London. She is a former foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in New Delhi and political and international business correspondent for Reuters. Her first book Holy Warriors: A Journey into the Heart of Indian Fundamentalism was shortlisted for several major prizes.