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The Magnanimous Thief

Yoram Kaniuk
AGE: 13 up

Jewish destiny and Israeli reality are both part of this exciting cops-and-robbers detective story. But this is no ordinary detective story, just as our hero is no ordinary thief. German-born Naphtali Bamburger is the deputy manager of a respectable bank in Tel Aviv. It is 1950 - Israel is overflowing with refugees from post-war Europe and hostile Arab countries, and the newly established state has to absorb these new arrivals. The newcomers are crowded into transit camps, each with scores of residents carrying memories of fear and pain. Naphtali decides to steal 500,000 Israeli pounds from his place of work and distribute the money to the people in the transit camps. He soon becomes their Robin Hood, but he promises to return all the money when the "special operation" is over. Naphtali keeps his word and the judge sentences the good-hearted thief to only a year in prison.

The Magnanimous Thief
Title The Magnanimous Thief
Author’s Last Name Kaniuk
Author's First Name Yoram
Language(s) Hebrew, Italian
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Sifriat Poalim
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1980
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2004
No. Pages 261 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Ganav Ha-Nadiv
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 2002; Mondadori Scuola, 2005

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