Judith Mok, Dublin-based classical soprano who has toured the world, leading voice coach, novelist and poet, was born in the Netherlands to Jewish survivors of the Holocaust trying to rebuild their shattered lives.

Despite the constant presence of the past in silences and whispered conversations, Judith had little information on the hundreds of her family members who died in the camps. The State of Dark is a memoir and detective story.

‘At this particular point in history with the rise of authoritarian regimes, this crucially important book reminds us of how it went last time. Filled with music, poetry, love, friendship and horror, the history of Judith Mok’s family is a testament to survival against all the odds. Courageous, brutally honest and uniquely profound, you will find nothing else like it on bookshelves this year. Brava!’ Liz Nugent

‘Possibly the most powerful book to be published in Ireland this year … unforgettable.’

Dermot Bolger, Sunday Business Post

‘The State of Dark is called a memoir in the blurb, but that's slightly misleading as a genre descriptor. First, it is not obviously about Mok at all: it’s about her family. Second, the light in which it casts its subjects is one of unequivocal and unstinting adoration. It is really a celebration rather than a memoir.’


Judith Mok: The State of Dark

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