Forsake Not Your Heart


Birgitta Yavari-Ilan where does she come from? Sweden or Jerusalem, Persia or Paris, USA or India? All this and a little more she carries in her backpack. She has been associated with skillful illustrative art and devoted homage to faith. Birgitta's book is like an oak of weeping to sit under, a mix of strength and weakness, of alienship and recognition. She describes her life as a remarkable life and a difficult life. She dares to see the beauty in it. She is a generous person. I read and hear a voice in the text. It has warmth, a verbal straightness, there is humour, self irony, passion for justice, pain. Whenever betrayed in love there is no way of return to the place without apprehensions. Having buried a child, after twelve years struggle against autism and sickness, one speaks with a distinct authority of flying with a broken wing. Having lived long in an impossible land, like Israel, one knows something about unsolvable conflicts. What astonishes me is that Birgitta never stops wishing. From where does her hope come? It must be bigger than herself. Together with her pictures it makes a beautiful, fiery, grieving and hopeful book from a living heart. It feels like a long personal letter. Ylva Eggehorn, Swedish Writer

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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 June, 2012.

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