One of the top five bestsellers in Israeli publishing history.
A lyrical look at the pioneer generation of Israelis, recording the loves, hates, infidelities, feuds, and enterprises that fuel one community over three decades.
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China, FLTRP; Czech Republic, Garamond; Denmark, Forum (reverted); France, Albin Michel; Holland, Bzztoh/Vassallucci; Hungary, Ulpius-Haz; Israel, Am Oved; Italy, Frassinelli (reverted); Norway, Gyldendal (reverted); Poland, Marginesy; Portugal, Difel; Rumania: Edigtura Univers Ltd; Russia, Text Publishers; Slovakia, Slovart; Spain, Atico de los Libros; Sweden, Norstedts (reverted); Switzerland, Diogenes; UK, Canongate; USA, HarperCollins
“A giddy mixture of zany comedy, folktale, and heroic fantasy ... glitters with unexpected juxtapositions and wild shifts from the practical to the impractical.” – Atlantic Monthly
“Meir Shalev is a master story teller whose magic realism is similar to the art of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.” – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
“The keen intelligence and irony of Shalev’s master work creates a pictorial kaleidoscope reminiscent of Chagall.” – Der Spiegel
“Meir Shalev ingeniously combines the realism of a family saga with magical and mythical elements.” – Vrij Nederland