Arnold Zable is a highly acclaimed novelist, storyteller, educator and human rights advocate. His celebrated works of fiction and non-fiction include Jewels and Ashes, The Fig Tree, Cafe Scheherazade, Scraps of Heaven, Sea of Many Returns and Violin Lessons. He lives in Melbourne.
'This novel, resurrected from its foreign country of the past, might stand as an epitaph for the 353 men, women and children drowned in 2001 when the SIEV X sank while trying to reach Australia. At the very least, Between Sky & Sea should be required reading for refugee policymakers today.' Canberra Times 'Beautifully written with extraordinary insight into the frailties of humanity, Bergner's tale is as much a version of the past as it is a vision of our present...We can only hope that publishers such as Text continue to salvage the treasury of migrant literature that is no longer in print.' Australian 'Bergner's astute observation of life shows in his sharp psychological dissection of this human cargo and his unflinching assessment of people's flaws...Bergner writes with such compassion that a reader becomes infected by his characters' yearnings.' Herald Sun 'There's poignancy, drama and an abiding strength of humanity in this story.' Australian Jewish News 'This beautifully written story will resonate with readers with its universal theme of emigration and its particular topicality today. Perhaps this book should be required reading for refugee policymakers?' Toowoomba Chronicle