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The Remains of Love [Shards of Life]

Zeruya Shalev
In Shalev's radiant new novel, her insight, intensity and unique style come together to explore the conflicts between parents and children. Elderly Hemda Horovitz lies in bed in Jerusalem, barely conscious, and bitterly examines her life: her youth on the kibbutz, unable to live up to the demands of her stern pioneer father; her loveless marriage to an equally rigid Holocaust survivor, and her two children, one of whom she couldn't love, the other too much. Avner, her beloved son, has grown up to become a heavy, anguished man, frustrated in his work and tortured by a marriage filled with contempt and resentment. At the hospital with his mother, he becomes obsessed with a beautiful woman he sees there; after her husband's death, a strange and delicate relationship develops between them.
Dina, Hemda's daughter, has married a taciturn photographer and put aside her professional dreams in order to give her teenage daughter, Nitzan, the warmth she never received from her own mother. But as Nitzan withdraws from her, she slides into despair, and is overcome by a longing to adopt an abandoned child. In the face of family opposition, Dina finds herself at a dead end: she cannot give up the child she longs for, but may have to give up the family she has to satisfy it. An awe-inspiring portrayal of parents and children, of the anger, resentment, disappointment, yearning, insult, and love that bind and separate them.
The book was nominated in France for both prestigious prix Femina and prix Medicis, 2014.

I am hypnotized by Zeruya Shalev`s new book.
President Shimon Peres

Very impressive!

Author J.M. Coetzee

An adventure of the psyche – in the last pages of the book, Shalev brings together the threads of the plot in a breathtaking triumph of love.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The most important female voice in Israeli literature.
Die Welt

The Remains of Love is a major novel. It offers unforgettable insights on the family, on love that cannot be given and on life in Israel.
Nouvel Observateur                                

It is with the same painstaking detail of an archaeologist that Zeruya Shalev excavates the shifting ground of sentiments – or resentments. .. Inseparable from the identity of the characters and their heartbreaks, the collective destiny permeates this dense, vibrant, carnal book whose entrancing, vertiginous writing continuously pulses apart the slightest emotional jolt.

La Semaine Metz Thionville Moselle 

As in her previous novels, the author sinks her teeth into human relations and gnaws on the concept of what remains ... This novelist has the knack of shuttling between childhood and age, mingling and separation, doubt and certitude … The Remains of Love … forces introspection …

Ruth Scheps, Europe 


Zeruya Shalev ... touches live electricity to a rather deadened family ... in this frightening, majestic novel … At the same time wide-ranging and obsessive, The Remains of Love is a failure report in perfectly literary form ... this long story is simultaneously magnificent and shattering …  

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Title The Remains of Love [Shards of Life]
Author’s Last Name Shalev
Author's First Name Zeruya
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Turkish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2011
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2015
No. Pages 336 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Sheʹerit Ha-Chayim
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2012; pback: Berlin Taschenbuch, 2013
Dutch: Amsterdam, Cossee, 2012
Romanian: Bucharest, Polirom, 2012
Italian: Milan, Feltrinelli, 2013; Milan, Universal Economica Feltrinelli, 2016  
English: London, Bloomsbury, 2013; New York, Bloomsbury, 2013
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2013
Turkish: Istanbul, Can, 2013
Spanish: Madrid, Siruela, 2016
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2014; pback: Gallimard/Folio, 2016
Portuguese: Rio de Janeiro, Bertrand Brasil, forthcoming; Amadora, 2020/Elsinore, forthcoming

Congratulations to Barabara Harshav for the 2018 PEN Medal for Translation!
The prize is given to a translator whose career has demonstrated a commitment to excellence through the body of their work. Barbara Harshav has been translating works from French, German, Hebrew and Yiddish for over twenty years and has currently published over forty books of translation. Among the many Hebrew authors she has translated: Yoram Kaniuk, Agnon, Yehudit Hendel, Yehuda Amichai and many more.
The Ministry of Culture and Sport announced the names of the winners of the Arik Einstein Veterans Artists Prize.
A prize of 50,000 NIS was given to each of the 21 artists who worked and are still working to promote Israeli culture in various fields -Music, dance, theater, plastic arts, cinema and literature. In the literature category the winners were Ronny Someck, Jacob Buchan and Shlomit Cohen-Assif. Also, Anat Masiach is among the recipient of the prize for debut literary works. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Ronit Matalon, the recipient of the 2017 Brenner prize for her book 'And the Bride Closed the Door". And, congratulations to Amir ziv, the recipent of the first ever Brenner prize for debut novels.
Ronit Matalon's book tells the story of Margie, a young bride, who shuts herself up in her mother's bedroom and declares that she won’t get married. Her family gathers at the locked door, not knowing what to do. Amir Ziv tells a story that begins as an apparently routine correspondence between a prying citizen, secretly in love with his neighbor, and a conscientious municipal clerk, and developes into an uncovering of a great underlying drama.
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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Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award! The books on the longlist are selected by 400 libraries worldwide. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library.
Yitzchak Mayer's personal website goes live
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