Born in the Soviet Union in 1942, Serge Liberman came to Australia in 1951 where he worked as a medical practitioner for forty-five years. He has been Literary Editor or member of Editorial Committees of several literary and historical journals, has contributed to many publications and been included in anthologies in Australia and overseas. As author of six short-story collections, he has three times received the Alan Marshall Award for his books. In addition, he is the compiler of The Bibliography of Australasian Judaica, the third up-dated and annotated edition of which was published in 2011. In 2015, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature as an author, historian and scholar. For more, see “Curriculum Vitae” below under heading About Serge Liberman and his work.

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On Firmer Shores

On Firmer Shores

First published in 1981.
Reprinted 1982, 1984 & 1988.

Winner of the Alan Marshall award

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Seventeen stories in which the author adopts various roles – immigrant child, doctor, deserted wife, tourist, jester – to tell of adjustment and maladjustment of migrants in a new land; of conflict between the generations; of individuals and communities doomed by time and by their own natures; of obsessed artists and rootless philosophers; and of impossible friendships and impossible loves.

A Universe of Clowns

A Universe of ClownsPublished in 1983 by Phoenix Publications, Brisbane. A professor of medicine emotionally entangled with a patient, a business magnate in pursuit of immortality, poet-survivors from Europe, an abandoned actress, outcast children, bewildered migrants, revisited friends — sixteen stories telling of people ever in search, in search for love, closeness and consolation, and for values and meaning in a world that sets limits upon all that a man may know, attain to, hope for and believe.

“…a scope and depth of feeling that is the mark of a great short story writer…”

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A professor of medicine emotionally entangled with a patient, a business magnate in pursuit of immortality, poet-survivors from Europe, an abandoned actress, outcast children, bewildered migrants, revisited friends — sixteen stories telling of people ever in search, in search for love, closeness and consolation, and for values and meaning in a world that sets limits upon all that a man may know, attain to, hope for and believe.

The Life That I Have Led

The Life That I Have Led

Published in 1986 by Fine-Lit.

 

Philosophers, visionaries and poets, and survivors, doctors, children, adolescents and mimes among a host of others discover God, love, truth, terror, identity and self as far afield as New York, Venice and Curacao, no less than at home, at St Kilda Beach, at a New Year’s party, or under a circus-top, in a surgery or along the common thoroughfare – sixteen more strong, sensitive, penetrating stories by a writer recognised as a disciplined master of his craft.

“…penetrating stories by a writer recognised as a disciplined master of his craft…”

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The Battered and the Redeemed

The Battered and the Redeemed

Published in 1990 by Fine-Lit.

“Through these works, Serge Liberman strengthens his claim upon his own highly individual niche in Australian writing.”

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The Mozart Requiem marks a turning-point in the lives of two young people; an adolescent aspiring to be a writer stands at the threshold of his literary mission; a doctor discovers personal implications in another man’s death; three musicians play for their very lives; a school reunion turns surreal; the apostle Paul sees not one vision but two; a visitor to New York is drawn into the search by its myriad inhabitants for personal salvation.

These stories and others are peopled by disciples and martyrs, heretics and pilgrim souls; they tell of janitors and students, revolutionaries and common folk; and evoke folklorish princes and biblical figures, would-be converts and human saints.

Voices from the Corner

VOICES FROM THE CORNER First published in 1999 by Fine-Lit.

  • In this collection, Serge Liberman peoples his narrative terrain with Madonnas, messiahs, golems, restless souls, survivors, artists and poets in search of meaning.

In addition, emerging lifelike from its pages are an engaged couple promising to meet again at war’s end and making good the promise, although fifty years late; another couple wins a handsome lottery prize and an unforseen bonus besides; a writer returns to the adolescent origins of his writing life, a lawyer possessed by the soul of Paul Gauguin is driven on a mission; first loves are recalled; a dysfunctional family are the forebears of world-wide faiths; and in a courageous and honest piece, Liberman recounts his fiery relationship with his father. In ways signalling new directions, Liberman’s variously quirky, wry, earnest, harrowing, questioning and iconoclastic narratives continue to carve a very individual niche in Australian writing.

“Liberman’s variously quirky, wry, earnest, harrowing, questioning and iconoclastic narratives continue to carve a very individual niche in Australian writing.”

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Where I Stand

Where I StandWHERE I STAND

Published in 2008 by Hybrid Publishers.

Told through the eyes of a doctor, these narratives explore the question of what it means to confront life in all its manifestations, to suffer and be human. Raphael Bloom meets a fascinating and complex range of patients who come to him, not only to be healed physically but to grapple with existential problems of meaning, disappointment and hope. Through these encounters, he explores issues of faith and individual purpose in an alienating hard-edged world, of anger and forgiveness, of despair and creative fortitude.

Set in Melbourne, these compassionate and compelling stories achieve universal resonance, while the characters will live on in your mind long after you turn the last page.

Serge Liberman’s writing is eloquent, luminous and accomplished.

“Imaginative and sensitive … meticulously crafted.”

Professor Manfred Jurgensen

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