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Beloved, Daughter

Nir Ratzkovsky
Nir Ratzkovsky’s unique novel was inspired by one of the most famous correspondences in French literature: the letters that the Marquise de Sévigné, a brilliant 17th century noblewoman, wrote to her beloved daughter. It also revives the colorful time of Louis XIV, the Sun King, with its literary salons, palaces and courtesans, wars and rebellions. In April 1696, the Marquise de Sévigné dies at the age of 70 while on a visit to her daughter, Françoise de Grignan, in Provence. Two weeks later, her son Charles receives the sad news at his chateau in Brittany and immediately sets out. When he arrives, he finds something that he was never meant to see—the hundreds of letters that his mother wrote to his sister for 25 years, letters of obsessive and unrequited love. When Charles, Françoise and her husband read the letters, they revisit their past and confront each other—Charles, who always had to make do with second place; his sister, suffocated by her mother’s stifling love, and her husband, who finds himself trapped by emotions that he cannot grasp. Ratzkovsky cleverly combines fiction and history to create vibrant psychological and emotional dramas that are as relevant today as they were 350 years ago.


The most surprising and original, the most illuminating and confusing, the most intriguing and most amusing book… A brilliant novel.

A brilliant, refined contemporary writer has joined forces with a classical, polished authoress… A lovely literary feat, clever and enthralling.
Makor Rishon

A magical literary miracle…A captivating story, full of vitality, about the power of love.

An intriguing and witty tale.
Time Out

Title Beloved, Daughter
Author’s Last Name Ratzkovsky
Author's First Name Nir
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2013
No. Pages 334 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Bat, Ahuva
Representation Represented by ITHL
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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: Sunday, April 29, 2018 until Saturday, May 5, 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,
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