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The Bluest Eyes

Mira Magen
Hannah Yonah, an eccentric widow of 77 with flashing blue eyes, lives in an old two-storey house in Jerusalem that a wealthy real-estate shark is plotting to buy from her. Hannah’s three daughters, all unmarried career women, live in separate apartments in the same building. Yardena, a single mother, is in the hotel business; Simona is a doctor and Orna is in high-tech. There is also Johanna, Hannah’s caregiver, a migrant worker from Romania. She is afraid that Hannah’s secret double life will be discovered, for in the daytime she pretends to be a cripple in a wheelchair, but at night she dons high heels, goes out to bars with men and comes home drunk. Her desire for life and love, and her attempt to outwit the tyranny of time is shared by her daughters, and each one copes differently.
Into this world comes a young man called Rafi. He rents an apartment on the ground floor, pretending to be a poet, and succeeds in charming Hannah. But the truth is that he is a conman, part of the plot to get Hannah to sell her house for which he has been promised a large sum of money. But as in Magen’s previous novels, good fortune shines upon the characters, even the flawed ones. Rafi needs money to support his sister and her disabled child. Hanna finds true love and a real friend in Bruno, a gentle old man without family who comes to live with her, and Orna, who missed out on happiness when she was married, decides to have a child.

This book should be read in the way you drink a fine wine: Pour it slowly, take small sips, roll it gently around your tongue.
Makor Rishon

I read the book with great excitement…The story rolls into deep, almost philosophical questions that arise at the end.
Kol Israel

Why is this novel a best-seller? First and foremost, because it is about little dreams of little people and their struggles with life’s afflictions...What Magen offers them is a feasible happiness, taken from real life and not from fairy tales. With their abundant humanity, her heroes forgive one another...and  that forgiveness seeps into the heart of the reader, planting a cautious optimism.

Magen Bluest Eyes
Title The Bluest Eyes
Author’s Last Name Magen
Author's First Name Mira
Language(s) German
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2012
No. Pages 270 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Eynayim Kchulot Miday
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Munich, dtv, 2017
Congratulations to Zeruya Shalev and Shifra Horn for receiving the 2017 Adei Wizo Prize.

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Call for application: Artists in Residence Programme in Austria. Please note the deadline: September 18th, 2017.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies to visual artists / art photographers / composers / video and media artists / writers / literary translators and arts and cultural educators in Vienna and Salzburg for the year 2018. For more details:
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