A MAN MUCH LOVED is the third installment of the bestselling historical novel, THE CHOSEN, by Shlomo Kalo, one of the most prolific writers in Israel and a nominee for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
At the start of A MAN MUCH LOVED, Nebuchadnezzar's army, after a long siege, takes Jerusalem again, this time destroying the Temple and much of the city. Daniel later learns his family has been killed, as well. He retains his powers as advisor in Babylon, bringing dream reading and counselling to Nebuchadnezzar himself. After Nebuchadnezzar dies, however, his weak son takes the throne and the situation deteriorates. Among the many trials he faces, Daniel passes a test in the den of lions.
In a dramatic climax, the visions Daniel sees are explained to him. One of the prophecies of a new day for Jerusalem comes to pass, and his and his people's exile draws near to its end.
"...I received a book as a present. It was Shlomo Kalo's 'The Chosen'. I read this master-piece just as slowly as I could, hoping I would never finish it. The book which is based on the Biblical book of Daniel deals with love: A love of a human being to another human being, of a man to a woman and mainly, with the love of God who is Love".
Yimna Galore, Maariv newspaper, Israel.
"It is indeed an epic-like novel filled with drama and passion. Mr. Kalo weaves together the political, personal and spiritual with great skill."
G. Glijansky, HarperCollins, US
"A very impressive novel, both in terms of the writing and the subject-matter."
Juliette Mitchell, Penguin UK.
"...well written and extremely engaging."
K. Shumate, Harvest House, US.
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About the Author
Kalo was born in 1928 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He joined the anti-Fascist underground before reaching his teens and wound up in a concentration camp at the age of 15. After studying medicine and working as a journalist in Prague, and training as a pilot for Mahal, he immigrated to Israel in 1949. He was awarded an MSc in microbiology from Tel Aviv University in 1958. For 26 years and until his retirement, he worked as regional director of medical laboratories.
In 1969, a sharp turn in his life occurred. It subsequently affected his life, his thoughts and his highly prolific literary activity.
Shlomo Kalo wrote 80 titles, some of which were translated and published in 16 countries. He wrote novels, short fiction, literature for younger readers, non-fiction (philosophy, spirituality), a thriller and more. His short stories appeared in probably all literary magazines in Israel and the media often covered his writings and thoughts. Between the years 2006-2014 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Shlomo Kalo died peacefully in his house on 8.30.2014. His last words were: "Everything is excellent for he who is not subjugated".