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By: HORN, Shifra

Fiction, 2012

An impossible but inevitable love story opens in contemporary Jerusalem and goes back to the Six Day War of 1967, with flashbacks to WW II Germany. The novel, which binds malice and grace, love and compassion, is narrated by Orion, a fatherless boy raised by two German women, both of them survivors of the Holocaust.

Shifra Horn, one of Israel most successful novelists, unfolds the mysteries of Orion’s distant past, the secrets of the women surrounding him and the one he falls in love with. In PROMENADE A DEUX, Horn’s spellbinding prose takes us through a magical exploration of the city of Jerusalem, its colors, smells and tastes, while also going back in time to Europe and its complex role in the shaping of her characters.

In Italy Horn’s previous books appeared as #3 on Le Repubblica bestsellers’s list (2005) and #9 on Corriere dela Sera: list of most popular translated fiction (2005).

Rights Sold to:

 Israel, Kinneret- Zmora-Bitan; Italy, Fazi


[A] a multi-layered book, abundant in meanings…” – Shiri Lev-Ari, YNET

“[A] bewitching concoction by a clever and brave author, who writes about life and death with the same warm intimacy… Only those who have experienced great love and are willing to share it with others can write like that.”– Rivka Keren, Ha’aretz

 “The best of Horn’s novels. Addictive and sensual as much as it is subtle and intelligent. It was worth the wait.” – Chaya Hoffman, literary critic

 “A wonderful, breathtaking and lovingly written novel. I wanted it to go on forever.” – Asher Kesher, , literary critic

 “I could not stop reading… I was impressed with the book’s breadth…A rich and enriching novel, tying all knots at the end, bringing the reader to safe harbor. I enjoyed it unmeasurably– Ora Ahimeir, author of In Search of My Mother’s Secrets

“[Promenade a Deux is] an invitation for a fascinating tour in the Old Katamon neighborhood in Jerusalem. On the one hand it’s an enchanted, pleasing tour, and on the other- a tortuous, bashing and staggering tour of landscape and human existence.“ – Shlomit Cohen Assif, Marmelada