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Eshkol Nevo
In his most ambitious novel to date, Eshkol Nevo merges a compelling love story with a tale of wandering Jews: those who come to the Promised Land, and those, now Israeli, who leave again.
On the cusp of World War II, young Lily flees Warsaw and reaches Mandatory Palestine, where she marries her fiance and builds a life. But she can never forget Fima, the musician she fell in love with on the ship, and in her old age she returns in her mind to the love she never lived.
At the age of 60, Fima`s son Meni suddenly closes his business in Jerusalem and decides to go backpacking in South America, only to disappear after he arrives. Extremely worried, his son Dori flies out to search for him, leaving his wife and son behind.
In the meantime, Inbar, an adventurous young Israeli woman, visits her mother who now lives in Berlin. But as Inbar is about to board her flight home, she suddenly changes her mind and flies instead to the other side of the world, where she meets Dori. There, the two fall for each other. Yet they dare not consummate their love. Not even as the novel reaches its climax and they find "Neuland" - New Land -, an improved mini-version of the State of Israel that Meni has established. And indeed, this new utopia attracts Israelis as well as other nationals in search of a new beginning.
Will Dori and Inbar, whose lives are in crisis, get a chance to start again? Spanning continents and more than half a century, Nevo skilfully maps the life of dreams. And however briefly, each character is given the chance to glimpse another life - the life that could have been theirs.

Neuland is the kind of compulsive reading that happens only with good books.
La Stampa

With Neuland, Eshkol Nevo establishes himself as the real new voice after A.B.Yehoshua.
La Repubblica delle Donne

A significant breakthrough both for Nevo and for mainstream Israeli literature, where he can now rightly occupy center stage.

A masterpiece by the Israeli writer. Drop everything. A novel awaits you. Real, great, a type of “road-mirror,” an explanation, a guide on how to use the world and how to repair it. Nevo uses a variety of styles (as much as narrative voices) with consummate mastery.

Sud Ouest

How does one respond to the malaise of contemporary Israeli youth, torn between the past and modern life? A very fine story, full of poetry and cultural insights.

Notes Bibliographiques

Title Neuland
Author’s Last Name Nevo
Author's First Name Eshkol
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Turkish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2011
No. Pages 547 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Neuland
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Milan, Neri Pozza, 2012; pback: Milan, BEAT, 2015
German: Munich, dtv, 2013; pback: 2016
Polish: Warsaw, Muza, 2014
English: London, Chatto & Windus, 2014; pback: London, Vintage, 2016
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2014 

Turkish: Istanbul, Can Yayinlari, forthcoming

Spanish: Barcelona, Duomo / Antonio Vallardi, 2017

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The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop April 29 to May 5, 2018 Beit Ben-Yehuda, Jerusalem
After workshops in Berlin, Jerusalem and Straelen, the workshop will return to Jerusalem this spring. This workshop will focus on the participants translations. These are unfinished translations that have not yet been published. These will be sent to all participants. The workshop is open to 10 participants and is intended for literary translators with experience and publications. Workshop facilitators: Anne Birkenhauer and Gadi Goldberg Prerequisites: At least one published translation Duration: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 2018 Location: Beit Ben-Yehuda, 28 Ein Gedi St., 93383 Jerusalem Participation fee: Participation (Accommodation and meals) is free of charge. Travel / flight expenses will be refunded. For more details and for the documents required for submitting application: Anne Birkenhauer, and Gadi Goldberg,
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