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Michal Govrin

Fiction, 1995

The spiritual journey of Amalia, who had intended to enact a suicidal sacrifice as a means of saving God and the nation of Israel. The narrative juxtaposes and blends the events from her life with her growing understanding of a flawed and imperfect God.

Rights Sold:

Israel: HaSifria HaHadasha/HaKibbutz HaMeuchad; World English: Riverhead, New York


“The question of forgiveness and repentance is at the center of this book that you should read.” – Jacques Derrida

“THE NAME is a very deep and impressive novel. Govrin has done something many have tried but could not accomplish: writing about a religious experience in an authentic, religious language, a full religious experience, without pretension and sentimentality, with all its joy and sorrow.” – Aharon Appelfeld

“A fascinating story of Jewish mysticism and erotic intensity.” – Grace Schulman

“[A] strong and ambitious work… I admire it. It’s the kind of novel that challenges the form itself, that draws it into new shapes, and it depicts an extreme state of mind, which I find fascinating….” – Don DeLillo

“A deeply intense, lyrical, passionate book, a masterly literary project that takes over mind and soul (and body, also, if one may say so, and I think we may). The sensual discourse of faith and doubt, the learned questioning and dreaming, the commitment, detachment, wound and revelation are, constantly, inspired and inspiring, moving, stimulating, appealing. Not an easy performance for such a dense, profound, knowledgeable book.” – Norman Manea

“[S]uperbly introspective novel about religious fanaticism and misspelled identities...” – Forward

“...Govrin conveys her tormented heroine’s increasing dementia in a lush, lyrical monotone...” – Publishers Weekly 

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