A memoir

Gunja & Baby David

The story of an adoption, or a life imagined

What started as a biography of the remarkable life of my exiled grandfather, gradually turned into a reflection on life in general, seen through the lens of my own adoption and my way of coming to terms with the past, the present and the future, having just become a father.

The act and the content of my writing (short stories and diary entries) and use of visuals (photos, illustrations, paintings) is my remedy for life’s paradoxical predicaments, a balm for the soul, a Tonic for the Bones.

Key subjects

  • To be adopted
  • Growing up in a colourful yet fatherless family
  • Identity and Jewishness
  • The Mystery (art, science & religion)
  • Moving to London for Love
  • Surviving 7/7
  • Anxiety & depression
  • The search for Meaning in Life
  • Mindfulness
  • Fatherhood
  • Kinship
Max, David, Yaron

My grandfather (1924), me (1981), my son (2018)


Oma Z & Opa EDavid Enker
The Beach
The Man with the HatRené Magritte
dinnerDavid Enker