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I am Forbidden with author Annouk Markovits
Author Anouk Markovits grew up in France, in an ultra-orthodox Jewish home. She attended a religious seminary in England instead of high school and left home at the age of nineteen to avoid an arranged marriage.
Markovits is the author of I AM FORBIDDEN, described by the New York Times as an “elegant, enthralling novel” and praised by the Sunday Telegraph of London for “luminously beautiful prose.” The book was selected by Random House to re-launch its Hogarth imprint, originally founded in 1917 by Leonard and Virginia Woolf. Translations of I AM FORBIDDEN are forthcoming in a dozen countries. Markovits’ first novel, Pur Coton, written in French, was published by Gallimard.
I AM FORBIDDEN takes us deep inside the world of the ultra-orthodox from the perspectives of three children we first meet during WWII and follow through the end of their lives. We watch them struggle with faith as the world outside their cocoon of observance begins to seep into their understanding of reality.