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By: HAR-LEV, Izhar

Fiction, 2013

For Daniel, a newly unemployed insurance agent, the days are filled with worries big and small. The earth is heating up. His wife is drifting away from him and closer to her boss. Rust stains are appearing on his refrigerator. Most of all, his nine-year-old son is slipping ever deeper into the virtual community of an online computer game. Desperate, Daniel retains the services of a depressed Goth teenage girl to connect him with his son in the alternate reality of the game. THE RATE OF ICEBERG MELTING is a richly imagined ride between Tel Aviv and cyberspace, a journey in which Daniel learns that no one – not his son, not even he himself – is what they seem to be.

Izhar Har-Lev’s highly original third novel is a poignant, unsettling but also ironic and humorous look at contemporary family life. As technology is distancing and estranging children from parents, Har-Lev uncovers the foundations that hold us together. An engrossing read, this novel is a candid look at how modern life detaches us from our loved ones, and one man’s quest to change the rules of engagement.

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“Like haiku, Har-lev’s writing uses silence, breaks and laconism and charges them with all the things that could not be said… [T]hese 'speaking silences' allow Har-Lev to manifest Daniel’s mental paralysis without paralyzing the writing: the eloquent writing and its brilliant images create an incredibly lucid monologue. – Keren Dotan, Ha'aretz

“The wonderful author of PHOBIDILIA returns with another novel that manages to find a little fantasy even within the vast, grey Tel Aviv reality… THE RATE OF ICEBERG MELTING has so many structures and layers that the reader can actually dive in and not need to come up for air. – Ran Ben-Nun, Yediot Aharonot