Thirst: The Desert Trilogy

Thirst: The Desert Trilogy

by Shulamith Hareven, Hillel Halkin

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Israeli novelist and activist Shulamith Hareven's masterpiece, Thirst: The Desert Trilogy, contains three of her greatest works: The Miracle Hater, Prophet, and After Childhood. In these beautifully written novellas, Hareven recasts the the biblical journey from exodus to the Land of Israel in a terrifically imagined contemporary voice. Hareven's spare and spacious prose howls with the grandeur of the desert wilderness and the mythic beginnings of her nation and her people. Enlarging one of the world's most dramatic and beloved stories, Hareven shifts our focus from the typical heroes--the great and powerful men of history--to the margins: a disillusioned shepherd who loses faith in his leaders; a would-be prophet from a distant city whose fate becomes entwined with the Israelites; an unhappy couple living at the very edge of civilization.

Hareven, whom the the French weekly L'Express listed among the "100 women who move the world," was the author of 19 books and was the first (and for twelve years, the only) female member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language. As a journalist, she covered two wars and wrote seminal articles on the plight of Palestinians. She became a prominent spokesperson for Israel's Peace Now movement. Shimon Peres, former president of Israel, called Thirst "both timeless and timely." Now available for the first time as an eBook, Thirst explores with subtlety and depth how individuals learn to relate to nature, to society, and especially to the divine.

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BN ID: 2940158990014
Publisher: Restless Books
Publication date: 01/05/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 990 KB

About the Author

Shulamith Hareven was born in Warsaw, Poland but grew up in Jerusalem, where she lived until her passing in 2003. A writer, translator, and activist, Hareven served as a writer-in-residence at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and was the first (and for twelve years, the only) female member of the Academy of the Hebrew language.

In 1962, she published her first book, a book of poems titled Predatory Jerusalem. After that, she wrote prose books, translations of books, and plays. She published essays and articles about Israeli society and culture in literary journals Masa, Orlogin, and Keshet, and in newspapers Al Ha-Mishmar, Maariv, and Yedioth Ahronoth. Her essays are collected in four volumes. She also published a thriller under the pen name "Tal Yaeri.” Her books have been translated into 21 languages.

Hareven was an activist for Peace Now, and in 1995, the French weekly L'Express deemed her an Author of Peace and listed her among the 100 women "who move the world.”

Hillel Halkin is an American-born Israeli translator, biographer, literary critic, and novelist, who has lived in Israel since 1970. Halkin translates from Hebrew and Yiddish literature into English. He has translated Sholem Aleichem's Tevye the Dairyman, and major Hebrew and Israeli novelists, among them Yosef Haim Brenner, S. Y. Agnon, Shulamith Hareven, A. B. Yehoshua, Amos Oz, and Meir Shalev.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been reading literature from all around the world, and find much of it simply heartbreaking. So many struggles by normal people just trying to stay alive, keep their faith, and build a future. And usually not ending well for them. This book was very hard hitting, emotional, and gave a totally realistic picture of what the average man and woman had to face during this time period.