The Remains of Love [Shards of Life]
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
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.
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.
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
La Semaine Metz
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 …
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|
|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