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From the author of the critically acclaimed A Pigeon and a Boy, the extraordinary story of Zayde, his enigmatic mother Judith, and her three lovers
When Judith arrives in a small, rural village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men compete for her attention: Globerman, the cunning, coarse cattle-dealer who loves women, money, and flesh; Jacob, owner of hundreds of canaries and host to the four meals which lend the book its narrative structure; and Moshe, a widowed farmer obsessed with his dead wife and his lost braid of hair which his mother cut off in childhood. During the four meals, which take place over several decades, Zayde slowly comes to understand why these three men consider him their son and why all three participate in raising him. A virtuoso performance of spellbinding storytelling, this is a deeply satisfying read—sensuous, hilarious, compassionate, and profound.
The story of Zayde, his mother Judith, and her three lovers. When Judith arrived in a village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men competed for her attention. During the four meals which take place over several decades, Zayde comes to understand why all four men consider him their son.
Four Meals is the extraordinary story of Zayde; his enigmatic mother, Judith; and her three lovers, Globerman, Jacob, and Moshe. Over the course of four meals, which take place intermittently over several decades, Zayde slowly comes to understand why these three men consider him their son and why all three participate in raising him. A virtuoso performance of spellbinding storytelling, Shalev's novel is a deeply satisfying read — sensuous, hilarious, compassionate, and profound. [A]s though the Song of Solomon had been rewritten by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.... A master class in the storyteller's art. — The Daily Telegraph (London) A book full of riddles, of love and sorrow, melancholy, feather light and deep with thought. — Die Welt (Germany)
About the Author
Television host and journalist Meir Shalev is one of Israel's most celebrated novelists. His other books include The Blue Mountain and A Pigeon and a Boy, for which he won the Brenner Prize, Israel's highest literary recognition. Barbara Harshav teaches translation at Yale University. Her translations include American Yiddish Poetry, Esau, The Last Jew, and Night Train to Lisbon.
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