Russian Women Sleep Naked Sifriat Poalim Publishing House, Israel, 1999.
Mirie Litvak’s stories tell of the move from one culture to another. Like the author herself, her characters cross the narrow bridge between countries. For all their desire to merge into the life of the new country, the smells of the past, the former landscapes and the books that belong there give them no rest. Their new experiences remain stormy broken encounters, sometimes exciting, but without the power to efface the feeling of alienation and strangeness.
Despite her links to her mother tongue and other languages, the author succeeds in her writing in fashioning a sensitive, bold contemporary Hebrew idiom.
The collection of stories is divided into two sections. One is given unity by a common narrator. The other contains variations on a theme which combine to form a single creation.