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The Lost Solos

Eshkol Nevo

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Filled with passion and enchantment, this novel weaves together a number of love stories culminating in one outrageous moment. It takes place in an imaginary town in northern Israel called the City of the Righteous, and takes a sly look at the ludicrous, infuriating and touching aspects of real life in Israel, while at the same time it tells a universal tale of loneliness and the need to be understood.
Moshe Ben-Tzuk sees himself as reborn. Raised on a kibbutz, he later served as an officer on a secret army base, but was never at peace. Now, after a deep inner crisis, he is ultra-Orthodox, married with children, living in the City of the Righteous and serving as personal aide to the mayor. On the surface, he has found his place in the world. But why does the memory of his youthful love, Ayelet, continually disrupt his peace of mind? A job for the mayor leads to a meeting with Ayelet, seven years after they parted. Will Ben-Tzuk give up his wife and family and choose his love?
Someone who does choose love without hesitating is Na’im, a young Arab building contractor and bird lover. Ben-Tzuk hires him to build a ritual bath house in an area with many new immigrants from Russia. But everything goes wrong. Na’im is suspected of spying and is arrested; he manages—by a trick—to get released, and meets the girl of his dreams. Meanwhile, the neighborhood residents turn the bath house (intended for ritual cleansing) into a red-hot trysting place for lovers.
With remarkable narrative charm and his rare talent for bringing us close to his characters, Eshkol Nevo unfolds a story that reads like a contemporary fairy tale.

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Renewing a literary tradition while shaking its foundations - this is the balancing act Israeli novelist Eshkol Nevo is performing in his fourth novel. And he is mastering it.  …Something like soft music emanates from the smooth writing, whispering a quiet song about the pain of distance. The one that makes separations irreversible, despite the strength of feelings. The one that renders closeness meaningful, even if it is against the will of the heavens.

Le Monde

The characters of this colorful novel, which explores spying, ornithology, music, religion, heartaches and sexual experiences, take us to India and Costa Rica, and then into those sweet days that life treats us to sometimes, “when two human beings meet at the right time and become the right place, one for the other”.
Hamevasser

In this dark (and funny) mikveh story, we will face the sacred and the burlesque, bigotry and mysticism, nostalgia over lost love and suffering over an uncontrollable desire.

Libération

 

The diversity of characters makes for an eccentric and colorful comedy… The new novel by Eshkol Nevo is heartwarming in its irresistible charm and its myriad of characters. 

Lire

 

Eshkol Nevo, in his original and colorful style, takes a sharp-eyed look at the modern  Israeli society. Religious and non-religious people, Jews and Arabs, not to mention Americans, who step here as if on the ground already conquered, form a flamboyant microcosm, heart of a lively, thrilling, and brilliantly translated novel.

Gilles Pudlowski


… a modern fairytale celebrating the Ritual Bath as a chance for erotic fulfillment, casting an affectionate, somewhat critical glance on a country full of contradictions… 
BÜCHERmagazin

… Nevo is one of the most successful younger Israeli Authors, all his books won awards … starting the Novel as if Ephraim Kishon came back to life and once again shares with us his Israeli Satires as like the  Blaumilch Canal, or Look Back Mrs. Lot, but later on gains depth…

Buchkultur

Even those who won’t understand the story will fall in love with Nevo’s beautiful sentences … about all this, Nevo writes in great love and great talent.     

Emotion

… in his new Novel Nevo addresses the problematic and serious subject with an entertaining way of writing.

Hamburger Morgenpost

Piece by piece he puts together his colorful, tragicomic, entertaining and beautifully written mosaic stones … The Mikwe performs miracles for waifs, searchers and true lovers.
Literaturkurier


… he always manages to put his finger into the wound and still tickle.

NDR

 

… a modern fairytale using religious sites as an opportunity to celebrate erotic satisfaction offers an affectionate look over a country full of contradictions.

Radio Bremen

the figures show a remarkable diversity, like the country itself. Funny and unreasonable, smart and sad, bossy and longing, just like its inhabitants.

Eshkol Nevo observes each person very precisely, and lovingly. A great Read.

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Eshkol Nevo is one of the most brilliant Israeli writers of the new generation, coming after Amos Oz, Yehoshua and David Grossman.

Radio 24

 

Eshkol Nevo's is one of the most personal and convincing voices of the Israeli contemporary literature. His novels tell about a young, forward-looking country in which the weight of the past is needed as an incentive for recognizing various religious and cultural souls. Nevo gets away from his regional Golden Generation literature, such as Grossman, Yehoshua and Oz's […].

ComingSoon.it

 

[…] Eshkol Nevo's new novel pierces and reconfirms him among the most talented Israeli writers of forty, of this third generation.

Bollettino della Comunita Ebraica di Milano

 

Eshkol Nevo's The Lost Solos ia a brain-teaser in the Israeli way, the kind that makes you at work for days and then as for enchantment, it seems that it was always so, every card in its right place.

Domenica, Il sole 24 ore

 

Nevo is considered, especially together with Etgar Keret, among the main exponents of the new generation of Israeli literature that, with no taboos, faces the conflict that divides the country and is also able to give voice to Palestinians' political and personal events.

Il Manifesto

 

As always in Nevo's stories it is not important what will happen but what already happened. There are few contemporary writers who can tell tenderness maybe because it is a slippery, rhetorical, unmanageable feeling. Nevo does it with the ease of a champion. He loves his heroes: he listens to them, he looks after them, he understands them.

La Lettura (Corriere della Sera)

Eshkol Nevo belongs to the new generation of Israeli writers who have taken the baton from Amos Oz, David Grossman and Abraham Yehoshua, a brilliant generation that has set the bar very high but has the most worthy successors.

La Razón

 

Lost Solos lashes out against political corruption, but it does it from a satirical stance, and it is a hilarious satire, in which all are misunderstandings, as it was at that time, in the early 90s, when Russians and Orthodox Jews finally looked each other in the eyes.

El Mundo

 

In Lost Solos Eshkol Nevo deals humorously with loneliness and passion (...) A woman and a man who loved each other and separated until they gave each other a second chance seven years later; Russians’ difficult integration in Israel; The affinities between Arabs and Jews; The political corruption that raises useless buildings; The sensuality that overcomes religious dogmatism ... Eshkol Nevo (Jerusalem, 1971) stirs in his coral novel, Lost Solos (Duomo), all these ingredients. It’s his second novel published in Spain after The Symmetry of Desires.

ABC Cultura

 

"... The greatest miracle was not to bring forth water from the rock nor make fall manna from heaven nor divide in two the Red Sea waters;  the greatest miracle happens when two people meet at the appropriate time and become a place, a real place, each one for the other". The quotation is taken from Lost Solos (Duomo), his latest novel, where he details what he considers the only truth: any decision, no matter how small it may seem, can mark our destiny.

La Vanguardia

 

Eshkol Nevo is one of the most popular Israeli writers. His novels that are dedicated to the idea of Jewish Settlements in Argentine „Neuland” or “Word Cup Wishes” reached expenditures of over 100 000 copies which would be an incredible success even in Poland, not to mention Israel with its 8 million habitants. In his newest book “Lonely Love” he tells a story from the 90’s about Jews coming form former Soviet Union.
Wprost

A real bonbon! Eshkol Nevo’s writing is as unrestrained and free-flowing as ever.
Makor Rishon

 

Israeliness presented at its best…A magnificent patchwork quilt.

Mako


Once again, Nevo chisels into the human soul until he bares it completely.

Walla


I liked the book a lot. I laughed and also wiped a tear, and I even dreamed about it.

IDF Radio



Nevo Lost Solos
Title The Lost Solos
Author’s Last Name Nevo
Author's First Name Eshkol
Language(s) Hebrew, German, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2013
No. Pages 239 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Mikveh Ha-Acharon Be-Sibir
Representation Represented by ITHL

Translations

German: Munich, dtv, 2016
Italian: Milan, Neri Pozza, 2015; pback: Milan, BEAT, 2017
Spanish: Barcelona, Duomo, 2015
Polish: Warsaw, Muza, 2016
French: Paris, Galimard, 2016
 
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