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Returning Lost Loves

Yehoshua Kenaz
Yehoshua Kenaz is recognized both in Israel and abroad as an outstanding novelist. Literary circles and general readership await his every new novel with great anticipation.
Kenaz's outstanding ability to captivate his readers achieves new heights in this novel. With exquisite strokes, Kenaz masterfully arouses feelings of pity, empathy and reconciliation, unfettered by banal sentimentality. Once again Kenaz proves his unfailing ability to unfold an unusual love story, wrapped in mystery and enchantment. A special spell is placed upon the reader, who simultaneously undergoes a gamut of contradictory emotions, including sorrow and humor.
Several plots run in parallel form, sharing common characters. Kenaz skilfully creates a unique structure, in which one plot illuminates the other, coming together in a consummate structure. Basic aspects of human relationships are closely scrutinized; love and passion vie with resentment and violence. All the relationships bear the mark of distortion and disintegration.
The central love story pivots between a beautiful woman past the first flush of youth and her married lover, with whom she meets in a love-nest. Next door resides a miserable bachelor whose love for the woman remains unrequited. In a fit of rage, the bachelor rapes and murders a Filipino cleaning woman who happens to be at the flat. This woman is a central character in a parallel plot; she is the caretaker of an elderly invalid. The old man, who is the father of the lover in the first story, draws his reason for living from the simple Filipino helper and is devastated by her death.
Yet another parallel plot unfolds the story of a bitter old man who lives in the same building and derives bizarre satisfaction from his battle with tenants who illegally built a basement flat. The contractor who built the apartment, which is subsequently flooded, is the hero of another plot centred on the relationship between father and son. The son is an army deserter and the father is torn between love for his son and duty to his country. Reconciliation rules the day, with the father accompanying his son when he decides to turn himself in. The first love story, however, ends in failure, shattering the woman's hopes.

Has the accuracy and compassion, the humor and tragic power that are the hallmark of Kenaz’s work... He gives us a ferocious, precise picture of what a nation can be...each person with his uncertainties, his grief, his frustrations and solitude.
Le Monde des livres

With a prodigious sense of ellipsis, Kenaz’s limpid, precise and rhythmic writing draws us ever closer to lives whose alternately ferocious and generous humanity moves us deeply. 
Le Figaro

Yehoshua Kenaz portrays the complexity of Israeli life in a masterly way...However, he never psychologizes or even offers us his comments. He simply portrays his protagonists’ behaviour, and lets them speak to each other. Without ever pointing at it, the Israeli-Arab conflict is present in all his novels. 
Die Weltwoche

Kenaz Returning Old Loves
Title Returning Old Loves
Author’s Last Name Kenaz
Author's First Name Yehoshua
Language(s) English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1997
No. Pages 280 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Machzir Ahavot Kodmot
Representation Represented by ITHL


English: Vermont, Steerforth, 2001
Italian: Milan, Mondadori, 1999; Florence, Giuntina, 2010
German: Munich, Luchterhand, 2000; pback: Munich, btb, 2002
Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 2001
French: Paris, Stock, 2004
Malayalam: Kottayam, DC Books, 2007
Chinese: Shanghai, Shanghai Translation, 2011
"An original, extraordinary book" The Brenner prize committee
Congratulations to Noga Albalach, winner of the 2018 Brenner prize for her book "The Old Man (Farewell)".
Residencies in Vienna and Salzburg
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers 50 residencies in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2019. Applications can be submitted for literature, literature for children and young adults and literary translations. Please note the deadline of September 30th, 2018.
Call for applications English speakers: Stay culture in Paris (deadline: June 12th, 2018)
Details in the attached link
Congratulations to Sami Berdugo and Shoham Smith, recipients of the 2018 Bialik Prize, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in Israel!

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!
The fourth German-Hebrew/Hebrew-German translation workshop November 4th to 10th, 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: November 4th 2018 until November 10th, 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,
Ayelet Gundar-Goshen's "Waking Lions" is one of the 100 notable books of 2017 of the "New York Times".

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