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Saul Searching

Saul Semel’s main problem is other people. Otherwise, he is doing just

fine. He is one of the best-known and respected writers in Israel, he

has appeared on the world’s most esteemed literary platforms, and in the

fall of 2001—the year of the attack on the Twin Towers—he is a visiting

professor at New York University. However, truth to tell, he has not had

anything published in a decade.

If you were to ask Saul, he’d say that as far as he is concerned this

is quite alright. But those around him are less satisfied. His editor, his

ex-wife and even his mother all expect him to try harder in order to

maintain his literary status. It is perhaps because of this that when he

meets Alona—a brilliant, enigmatic young woman who worships his very

being—Saul loses his head. He has never met anyone like Alona. She can

write like the devil, although she does not know much about literature; she

is emotionally defenseless yet has a survivor’s nature. When Saul realizes

that Alona possesses the key to his return to the heights of the literary

world, he ignores all the alarm signals and sets out on an ambitious and

wild path, endangering himself, Alona, and all that is dear to him.

Saul Searching is an exhilarating novel, entertaining and thoughtful,

that probes our fear of admitting that the best parts of our lives are behind

us, our anxiety that everything we think about ourselves is wrong, and the realization that the moment someone even considers doing a deal with the

devil, they have in effect already signed that deal.

She [writes] without rage... but rather with great enjoyment, as if at a big literary banquet at which the entire character of the hero is guzzled down, and then a lass is raised to toast the deed.

Haaretz

 

This book is an unadulterated pleasure, even for readers who take no particular interest in the dark side of the literary world.

La’isha

 

This is a brilliant book indeed.

Atara Ofek

 

 

 

 

Title Saul Searching
Author’s Last Name Rosenblum
Author's First Name Amalia
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2020
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Zman Shaul
Representation Represented by ITHL
 
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