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Ha'aretz Shata (The Land Is Sailing)
By Haggai Dagan
Haggai Dagan's romance, The Land Is Sailing, is foremost a love song to this country, to a land that may or may not have been here but is just hinted at through classic folk songs and sweet memories. These reminiscences are all Elad, the hero of this novel, can think about on his way to a kibbutz class reunion. His yearnings for a high-school love are mingled with the longing for the lost youth of this country, with its landscape and poetry. The story takes on a surreal turn when an earthquake breaks up the reunion, and also disconnects the Land of Israel from the Syro-African fault. The country embarks on a mysterious sail and the book, which began as a sweet love affair, turns into an apocalyptic romance. Dagan, who grew up in Kibbutz Ein Hamifratz, teaches Jewish philosophy at Sapir College.
Yom Rishon Shel Horef
(Au Premier Jour de l'hiver)
By Simon Schakhine
Miskal-Yedioth Ahronoth Books
and Chemed Books
Author Simon Schakhine's novel, Yom Rishon Shel Horef, is also about Israel (the people and the land) and family. This is an allegorical story that stars Shaul, the protagonist. He is confronted with many physical and spiritual losses, which seem to be based on shortfalls faced by Schakhine himself. The book came about when Schakhine's youngest son was about to be called up to the IDF, and his older son had moved to the US. Schakhine writes in the introduction that it was then he suddenly felt what his father must have felt when he made aliya.
Schakhine was born and raised in France. In 1947, he moved to Palestine and took part in the battle for Jerusalem in the War of Independence. He left behind his father and a thriving family business. Schakhine describes himself as an idealist. He writes about the gap between the older generation and the hi-tech generation, as well as both their relations to the Land of Israel. He feels that the new generation has forgotten its principles. The book opens almost like a detective novel. Almost, because the reader already knows who is dead and how he died. Over 175 pages Schakhine examines the motives behind the "crime."
Hamitmaha (The Intern)
By Gal Amir
Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, Dvir
From the author of the best-seller Afula, Rehov Ha'opera 3, comes this new thriller about a law intern accused of murder. Rivka Ben-Nisan had everything a woman could wish for - a wealthy family, a loving husband and a diploma from the Law Faculty at Tel Aviv University, with honors. Within a month of beginning her internship with sharp-tongued lawyer Susan Sa'adon, she finds herself suspected of murder. Readers will be glad to see that Sa'adon, as well as a handful of other unforgettable characters from Afula, Rehov Ha'opera 3, is back as is a colorful new cast.
Amir, who was born in Afula in 1968, is considered one of the country's top suspense writers. His writing is rich in description and contains legal elements as well as suspense. The John Grisham of Israel, Amir is a practicing lawyer. He has four books to his name.
Ish Lelo Tzel
(A Man Without a Shadow)
By Yossi Avni-Levy
Another suspense book on the bookshelves belongs to author Yossi Avni-Levy. His latest book, A Man Without a Shadow, is based on a true story. It is also a poetic novel about pretense and seduction, betrayal and its punishment. There are two protagonists, Yonatan and Sebastian. Yonatan is a lonely character who longs for a home he never had, while Sebastian is full of German romanticism. The novel takes place in Germany, where Yonatan is based in an official capacity. Shortly after Sebastian asks him for help, Yonatan's life changes dramatically and suddenly he is being visited by police, his phone is tapped and he is covertly photographed.
A subtle tension hovers between the two, and Yonatan and Sebastian wonder whether the other is a friend or foe. In addition to writing novels, Avni-Levy has served as consul in several European countries and as an intelligence officer in the IDF for many years. His writing is seductive and witty.