Synopses & Reviews
"Sabato (Adjusting Sights) draws upon his personal history in this reflective novel about an indefatigable Hungarian Holocaust survivor. The story is narrated by a boy named Haim whose Jewish family is expelled from Egypt after the 1956 Sinai conflict. Haim, a precocious five-year-old when his family resettles in a Jerusalem housing project, knows nothing about the Holocaust and is puzzled by the somber Europeans who stay shut up in their homes. Only a charismatic Hungarian, Mr. Farkash, has close relationships with both the Jewish Egyptians and his own community. Farkash guides and protects the meek of both worlds, ensures that both the Sephardic and the Ashkenazi have places to worship, and, over time, becomes Haim's mentor and entrusts Haim with his family's tragic story. Sabato skillfully mimics the nonlinear processes of human discovery as Haim learns about the world wars and the Holocaust, and though occasional clumsiness in language may be due to the difficulties of translation (and suggest that subtleties of meaning may also be lost), the vivid images of life in the projects of the new Israel underscore the story's power." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Haim Sabato draws us into his childhood with this evocative rendering of his experiences as a young boy whose family immigrates to Israel in the 1950's, settling in a Ma'abara - a transit camp. He notices his fellow immigrants' concealment of their pasts. He accepts this secrecy, sensing that everything will reveal itself eventually. And this revelation does come, in the form of Farkash, a mysterious, dynamic man who takes Haim under his wing and gradually divulges to him his sorrowful, uplifting story, one that profoundly impacts Haim for the rest of his life...
Haim Sabato offers another rich historical novel in From the Four Winds, an evocative, rendering of his childhood experiences in an immigrant transit camp in 1950s Israel. The young Haim is disturbed by the suppressed memories of the adults living in the immigrant community, until Farkash, a mysterious, unforgettable character takes Haim under his wing and reveals a sorrowful story that will affect Haim for the rest of his life.