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.
USA, HarperCollins; UK, Canongate; Switzerland, Diogenes; Italy, Frassinelli (reverted); France, Albin Michel; Portugal, Difel; Holland, Bzztoh/Vassallucci; Sweden, Norstedts (reverted); Denmark, Forum (reverted); Norway, Gyldendal (reverted); Poland, Muza Publishing House (reverted); Poland, Marginesy; Hungary, Ulpius-Haz; China, FLTRP; Slovakia, Slovart; Czech Republic, Garamond; Romania: Edigtura Univers Ltd; Russia, Text Publishers; Spain, Atico de los Libros; Israel, Am Oved
Theater: Russia, Fomenko
“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