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A Pigeon and a Boyby Meir Shalev
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Winner, National Jewish Book Award
“[A] gorgeous, rueful collection . . . that lays bare the deepest human longings.” — Chicago Tribune
In Between Friends, Amos Oz returns to the kibbutz of the late 1950s, the time and place where his writing began. These eight interconnected stories, set in the fictitious Kibbutz Yekhat, draw masterly profiles of idealistic men and women enduring personal hardships in the shadow of one of the greatest collective dreams of the twentieth century. A devoted father who fails to challenge his daughter’s lover, an old friend, a man his own age; an elderly gardener who carries on his shoulders the sorrows of the world; a woman writing perversely poignant letters to her husband’s mistress. Each of these stories is a luminous human and literary study; together they offer an eloquent portrait of an idea, and of a charged and fascinating epoch. Amos Oz at home. And at his best.
“Lucid and heartbreaking.” — Guardian (UK)
“All Israeli life is here, rendered in loving detail.” — Mail on Sunday (UK)
From internationally acclaimed writer Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of twolove stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting actof devotion.
A provocative new story collection from the internationally celebrated author of A Tale of Love and Darkness
About the Author
Meir Shalev was born in 1948 on Nahalal, Israels first moshav, and is one of Israels most celebrated novelists. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers in Israel, Holland, and Germany. In 1999 the author was awarded the Juliet Club Prize (Italy). He has also received the Prime Ministers Prize (Israel), the Chiavari (Italy), the Entomological Prize (Israel), the WIZO Prize (France, Israel, and Italy), and for A Pigeon and a Boy, the Brenner Prize, Israels highest literary recognition. A columnist for the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, Shalev lives in Jerusalem and in northern Israel with his wife and children.
Evan Fallenberg (www.evanfallenberg.com) translates fiction by well-known and upcoming Israeli writers. He teaches creative writing at Bar Ilan University in Israel and is the author of Light Fell, a novel.
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