Bitter Herbs

Dutch writer Marga Minco tells a story of great sorrow in an understated and powerful way.

MarorThe Maror (bitter herb) which symbolises the hard life endured by the Israelites while in Egyptian bondage. Illustration from the Golden Haggadah at the British Library.

Marga Minco‚Äôs books are distinguished by, and celebrated for, her sober, reserved way of using words and emotions. Her restrained style and cinematic turn of phrase give her books great power. Every school child in Holland reads her book “Bitter Herbs” (original title: “Het Bittere Kruid”).

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