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Mr. Mani is a deeply affecting six-generation family saga, extending from nineteenth century Greece and Poland to British-occupied Palestine to German-occupied Crete and ultimately to modern Israel. The narrative moves through time and is told in five conversations about the Mani family. It ends in Athens in 1848 with Avraham Mani’s powerful tale about the death of his young son in Jerusalem. 

A profoundly human novel, rich in drama, irony, ...

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Overview

Mr. Mani is a deeply affecting six-generation family saga, extending from nineteenth century Greece and Poland to British-occupied Palestine to German-occupied Crete and ultimately to modern Israel. The narrative moves through time and is told in five conversations about the Mani family. It ends in Athens in 1848 with Avraham Mani’s powerful tale about the death of his young son in Jerusalem. 

A profoundly human novel, rich in drama, irony, and wit.

A deeply affecting six-generational family saga that extends from 19th-century Greece and Poland to modern Israel. The narrative moves backward in time through five conversations about the bizarrely fated Mani family, climaxing in Athens in 1848 with an overpowering tale. A Notable Book of the Year. Part of the Harvest in Translation series.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Israeli writer's previous novels ( A Late Divorce ; Five Seasons ) were critically acclaimed in this country; here he offers another richly textured, provocative work. An account of six generations of the Manis, a Jewish family living in the Middle East, the book is arranged in the form of five ``conversations,'' with the speech of only one of the two speakers present on the page. From 1982, the narrative moves backward to 1848, tracing dark domestic dramas occurring against the backdrop of historical events. Speakers--each with a strong, distinctive voice--include a contemporary Israeli woman, a Nazi soldier stationed in Crete during WW II, a British Jewish soldier in Palestine after WW I, a Jewish doctor in Galicia and a Jewish merchant in Athens. Spinning a cat's cradle of complex relationships, Yehoshua reaches beyond realism to the realms of mystery, coincidence and fate. His prose is simple and clear, rising to passages of lyricism and eloquence, as he gradually discloses the tragedy that haunts every generation of the Mani family: a succession of self-destructive, suicidal men and of fathers who die young, leaving emotionally needy children. Hints of a dread secret accrete through the narrative, to be revealed at the close. Yet the novel's message speaks to the indomitable spirit that keeps families alive. (Mar.)
The Nation
"A marvel... The Nobel Prize has been given for less."
Voice Literary Suppleme
"No one who respects the power of fiction will fail to marvel at what Yehoshua has achieved."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780156627696
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 534,347
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

A. B. YEHOSHUA is one of Israel's preeminent writers. His novels include A Journey to the End of the Millenium , The Liberated Bride , and A Woman in Jerusalem , which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2007. He lives in Haifa.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2005

    Intriguing

    This book is written in half conversations -- once you get used to listening in to one person, the pages flow.The plot chases a family backwards through six generations. Its a classic!

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