AGE: 12 up
This story centers around a dog called Wasserman and a girl called Talia, who has both humor and integrity. Talia`s life changes radically when she finds Wasserman, half dead, an obvious victim of abuse. After his recovery, Wasserman proves to be a fitting addition to Talia`s irregular family: he sings in perfect harmony. Once people hear about the singing dog, they come to hear his Moonlight Sonata too. This circus attracts national media attention, and one day Big Mouth Meir, a real mafioso, comes to claim his performing hound. Talia has never heard threats like, "I wouldn`t want your pretty face to be cut up." She also didn`t know that the police were in Meir`s pocket. Incredibly, Talia is arrested, but Gidi, an aspiring lawyer who is in love with her, spells out the consequences of police corruption in a tense confrontation. The family is rewarded beyond its wildest dreams, and Wasserman comes home to an extravagant musical party.
Wasserman was listed as a Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis selection, and was made into a film by Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen.
Kaniuk has imbued his characters with so much love that the readers also receive some of it.
Wasserman has the potential to become a cult book.
An immensely beautiful book...one tends to forget that such books exist.
Det Fri Aktuelt (Denmark)
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Kaniuk|
|Author's First Name|| ||Yoram|
|Language(s)|| ||German, French, Italian, Croatian, Danish, Greek, Norwegian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||Hakibbutz Hameuchad|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||1988|
|No. Pages|| ||112 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Wasserman|
|Representation|| ||Represented by ITHL|
Danish: Copenhagen, Gyldendal, 1988; 1993
German: Frankfurt , Alibaba, 1991; pback: Munich, dtv junior, 1995
French: Paris, Gallimard, 1994
Swedish: Stockholm, Forum, 1996
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 1996
Italian: Verona, Mondadori, 1998; Milan, Salani, 2011
Greek: Athens, Psichogios, 2000
Serbian: Novi Sad, Ruzno Pace, 2008
Spanish: Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 2007; pback: 2011; 2016; Madrid, Siruela, 2008
Croatian: Zagreb, Sysprint, 2010