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ABOUT THE TITLE
The recipient of two of Israel's most prestigious literary awards, The Name tells the story of Amalia, a daughter of Holocaust survivors who seeks desperately to remake her life and escape her history. Named for her father's first wife—a concert pianist who perished in a death camp—Amalia finally seeks refuge in an ultra-Orthodox seminary where she encounters a fierce, charismatic rabbi who preaches a fiery Kabbalistic Judaism, and embraces a life of passionate penitence. It is the starting point of a strange and hypnotic journey that takes the reader from the earthy and erotic to the spiritual and sublime—marking a powerful, disturbing, and unforgettable debut.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michal Govrin is a writer, poet, and theater director. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Paris and currently teaches at the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. She divides her time between Jerusalem, Paris, and Princeton, New Jersey.