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Roots of Light

Ruth Almog
The tale of Mira Gutman, the heroine of Roots of Light, is interwoven with the obscure history of her family, covering a hundred years of passion and madness in Eretz Israel and the surrounding region. Mira, the last link in the family chain, tries to disentangle her roots and discover where she belongs, while at the same time attempting to free herself from the coils of her family's fate.

Ruth Almog’s contemplative edifice, built within the narrative structure, is complex and intriguing...her achievement is enormous. The depth of the heroine’s character arouses admiration...but the structure of the novel is the real tour de force. It is the very thesis of the book, its intense message, its profound insight.

Ruth Almog's descriptions of landscape are the most powerful and exciting I have ever encountered in Hebrew literature, especially because it is so close to the world of the character. It seems to complement human existence and even contributes to its complexity.
Critic Yaakov Siman-Tov

Almog Roots of Light
Title Roots of Light
Author’s Last Name Almog
Author's First Name Ruth
Language(s) Hebrew, Arabic
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter, Hakibbutz Hameuchad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1987; 2002
No. Pages 359 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Shorshei Avir
Representation Represented by ITHL


Arabic: Cairo, Al Dar al-Arabia, 2005
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