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Marilyn StasioPolitics, religion and sex are the divisive forces in Murder in Jerusalem, a biting cultural exposé (in Evan Fallenberg’s sharp-toothed translation) that takes place in 1997 in the offices and production studios of the state-sponsored television station. Between the chaos of the news operation and the bloated egos of the staff, Ohayon doesn’t know where to begin his investigation of the death of the set designer on a film production of S.Y. Agnon’s novella “Iddo and Eynam.” But in his patient way, he methodically sifts through the professional hostilities and personal animosities and comes to a compassionate understanding of the tragic and, in the end, dehumanizing compromises people make for the sake of their ideals.
— The New York Times