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Homesick
     

Homesick

by Eshkol Nevo, Sondra Silverston (Translator)
 

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Moving from character to character, perspective to perspective, Homesick is a complex and moving portrait of parallel lives and failing love in a time of permanent war.

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Moving from character to character, perspective to perspective, Homesick is a complex and moving portrait of parallel lives and failing love in a time of permanent war.

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Publishers Weekly
In his second book in English translation, popular Israeli novelist Nevo pays tribute to the dynamism of his country, honing in on a handful of neighbors in the town of Mevasseret, just outside Jerusalem, whose Arab inhabitants were displaced in 1948. The novel is narrated from multiple perspectives; each intense personality describes the struggle to embrace the tension of everyday life in Israel and come to terms with “the law of the preservation of sadness.” Noa and Amir are a young couple—he a psychology student and she a photography student—adjusting to life together under the same roof; landlords Moshe and Sima in the apartment next door clash over the appropriate religious upbringing of their children. Across the lot a family mourns the loss of a son to the war in Lebanon, and nearby, the Arab Madmonis family faces prejudice on a daily basis. While death and social isolation hover over many scenes, Nevo masterfully explores the dualities of life in Israel, and delicately draws out the hope and love submerged in the hearts of its citizens. (Apr.)
Jerusalem Post
“A deeply human book, suffused with desire and melancholy.”
Times Literary Supplement
“The novel’s heartfelt bass note is the beauty and difficulty of human relationships, evoked with sympathy and an ear for the nuances of different voices which is as playful as it is precise.”
Julia Pascal - The Independent
“Nevo has created an engrossing work. . . . This is a compelling novel which I never wanted to end.”
Amos Oz
“A warm, wise and sophisticated novel. I read it with much pleasure.”
From the Publisher
“Thirty-three year-old Nevo’s first full-length novel is a deeply human book, suffused with desire and melancholy.”–Jerusalem Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564785824
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Series:
Hebrew Literature Series
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
555,371
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Eshkol Nevo was born in Jerusalem in 1971 and spent his childhood years in Israel and Detroit. He teaches creative writing at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Sapir College, and the Open University. He has published a collection of short stories, a book of nonfiction, and two novels, both of which have been bestsellers in Israel.

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the author of numerous works of fiction and essays. His international awards include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Israel.

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