ESAU is a saga of several generations in a family of bakers spanning the period from World War I and the inception of the British Mandate in Palestine through the mid-seventies in Israel. It is a tale of love and bereavement, pain and memory.
Bulgaria, Colibri; France, Albin Michel; Holland, Ambo/Anthos; Israel, Am Oved; Italy, Frassinelli (reverted); Portugal, Difel S.A.; Russia, Text Publishers; Switzerland, Diogenes; USA, HarperCollins
Film Rights: Pavel Lungin
“A yeasty, vibrant and sprawling modern-day family saga.... into this engrossing tapestry, Shalev weaves three seemingly unrelated tales that eventually intersect with the main plot in surprising and ingenious ways.” – Publishers Weekly
“Meir Shalev creates a world that has the richness invention and obsessiveness of dreams. He delivers both startling imagery and passionate, original characters whose destinies we follow through love, loss, laughter and death..." – The New York Times Book Review
“In his second novel, Israeli novelist Shalev once again exhibits his masterful ability to blend impressions, history, and fantasy…[A] fine addition to any general fiction collection." – Library Journal