BUY The Universal Language is a memoir about the unity of music set in the complexity of Israel, as a young woman studying in Jerusalem comes to question her own identity through the prism of a divided city.
In 2013, Nicky Gluch knew herself to be Australian, a woman, aged 19 and a Jew. In Israel, she found herself travelling with Americans, working alongside Palestinians, and living, for a time, with an Arab nun.
She thought she wanted to be a doctor, that healing people would fulfil a sense of purpose, but as she dove deeper into exploring that which divides us – religion, language, country – she came to seek that which unites us.
Nicky Gluch has a vision of what message she wants readers to gain from her stories:
‘We should be seeking that which unites us rather than that which divides. But the aim of the book is more to provide a reflective space.
‘I call it a book of fragments. How the pieces come together is one part, but I also urge readers to look between the gaps.’
Sydney School of Arts & Humanities recommends The Universal Languageas aremarkably thoughtful journey of self-exploration and caring for ‘other’ – for both author and reader.
Reviews of The Universal Language
The Universal Language is such an intimate, personal account of what was clearly a seminal time in your life. And you have such a lyrical, soulful style. It’s clear you stand at the confluence of a number of disciplines and perspectives – musical, scientific, philosophical, theological – and that’s a rare and special prism through which to see the world.’ – Adam, UK