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ORVIETO, NON CLASSICO

ORVIETO, NON CLASSICO

By: ROSENBLOOM, Kinneret

Fiction, 2012

Winner of the 2012 Israeli Booksellers’ Association's Gold Prize 

ORVIETO, NON CLASSICO is a journey into the secret heart of married life. A decade after their wedding, Carmi and Galia, a seemingly perfect couple who married out of love and have been raising three children together, return to Orvieto, Italy, where their marriage had begun, this time to end it. If things appear so good, why are the two so miserable? Galia, exhausted by her many responsibilities, feels transparent and unfulfilled. She finds comfort in a lover, Guido, a handsome, successful and married architect. At first, the affair remains strictly virtual and secret, with the two writing fervently back and forth. However, once they finally meet, Galia decides to leave home.

Carmi and Galia head back to Orvieto to end their marriage. Their six-day journey of divorce is also their six days of creation: as a couple, as parents, and as two individuals examining their identities. It is a period of suffering, fatigue, despair and self-examination, as well as of sudden flares of exultation. They go through moments of hate and love, of recrimination and revenge, before the novel arrives at its surprising and provocative end.

Kinneret Rosenbloom vividly captures the conventional image of today's thirty-somethings, leading their lives and relationships in front of electronic screens, and explores what is happening to love today.

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Reviews:

“[Rosenbloom’s] up-to-date …novel manages to naturally incorporate the virtual, digital elements of contemporary reality. Its married protagonists, Galia and Karmi, represent an entire generation of 30-somethings who spend their lives facing screens of different shapes and sizes and compulsively checking their inboxes.

“The intimacy that Rosenbloom manages to create between the reader and the protagonists is fueled by a genuine desire to jointly decipher the many contradictions in her characters’ personalities: their wish to have it both ways, to conquer life, to live without guilt, to become a different person every day, to be handsome, carefree and shiningly new.

“Reading this book feels like taking the pulse of an entire generation…Kinneret Rosenbloom surveys her characters’ flaws and weaknesses with sensitivity and empathy. Deftly depicting their fateful journey, she leads her reader to its unexpected ending with the skill of a suspense writer, confronting us with the mysteries of love in all its myriad shades.” – Rivka Keren, Ha’aretz

We’ve all been there: the cheater or the one being cheated on, the lover, the girlfriend who tries to fix it, the boyfriend who refuses to come to terms with it. Read the book, it’s excellent. It made me want to do three things: travel to Italy, start writing a novel and fall in love.” – Sigal Riva, Mako

Rosenbloom does wonders in writing about people….For each one she distills a distinct voice….[C]lear, lucid and moving. With a sensitivity characteristic of her writing she captures life’s finest subtleties, the adversities, distresses and hidden passions of anyone who is in a long and committed relationship, and she weaves all those into a flowing, page-turning novel, without any sugarcoating or deception.” – Edna Abramson, The Literary Republic

A modern-day fable about the dying of love in this tuned machine called family, in its ardent voyage to routine. Rosenbloom confidently sketches the gloomy tale of fading, unfulfilled loves misshapen by life’s cruel chisel. The characters are astoundingly authentic, well written and familiar. You must have seen them or the likes of pass you by a thousand times…” – Adi Zelichov-Relevy, Saloona

Galia and Carmi are fully realized characters. The author dominates their lives and displays them with many details and nuances …Rosenbloom shows sensitivity and precision in depicting her protagonists

The journey towards divorce in Italy becomes the novel’s hourglass, adding suspense to it – will the divorce actually happen – and provides the story with an attractive location as a bonus…”– Arik Glasner, Yediot Acharonot

Rosenbloom succeeds in touching the deepest psychological places and probes the most painful wounds with confident elegance, with penetrating insight, with a true and honest treatment that always manages to touch and is never heavy-handed.” – Ran Bin-Nun, Yediot Ahronot