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Bride on Paper

Nava Semel
AGE: 14 up

This story takes place 70 years ago during the British Mandate in Palestine and focuses on a romantic triangle between Anna, a young student from Poland, Imri, an idealistic young Jew who lives in a small village, and Major Charles Timothy Parker, a British pilot. The tale begins with a fictitious marriage. Imri is sent to Poland on a Zionist mission. He has agreed to marry a woman he doesn`t know in order to get her a legal immigration certificate. However, his plan goes awry when he falls in love with Anna, his "paper bride." Since they must divorce, Imri leaves Anna in the care of his spinster aunt and his younger brother Uzik. Uzik has a learning disability and hates books, but he has a passion for the cinema, especially the hero of the Tarzan movies, Johnny Weismuller. Sixty years later, Uzik looks back on his childhood. Now an elderly film-maker, he is trying to capture this long-forgotten love on film.


Bitter-sweet love. Nava Semel tells a tale of love and friendship with sensitivity and humor, crossing the boundaries of cultures and religions.
Hits fur Kids

Delicate humor and a light tone are the hallmarks of this book. Its many layers and aspects, s complex theme and the occasional change of perspective are a challenge for the young reader, but the lesson is worthwhile. 
Hoeren und Lesen

An enchanting tale… A gallery of characters that provide lessons about co-existence, partnership and tolerance, yet with an understanding of ethnic and ideological differences… Whoever reads this wonderful book will enjoy both the scent of flowers and the sweetness of honey, created through the gift of an Israeli author. 
La Realtatea Evrelasca (Romania)

Bride on Paper
Title Bride on Paper
Author’s Last Name Semel
Author's First Name Nava
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, Romanian, Turkish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1996
No. Pages 197 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Isha Al Ha-Neyar
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

German: Weinheim, Beltz & Gelberg, 2003; pback: 2005
Romanian: Bucharest, Pandora, 2000
English: Victoria, Austr., Hybrid, 2012

Turkish: Istanbul, Cizmeli kedi, forthcoming 

Italian: Macerata, EUM Edizioni, forthcoming

 
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