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First Morning in Paradise

Eleonora Lev
A single woman in her late 30s addresses an interior monologue to her unborn baby. The heroine's eloquence, wit and sardonic humor make for an entertaining yet sometimes shocking impact, affording glimpses into various spheres of Israeli life; Tel Aviv bohemians and celebrities; childhood in a small immigrant town in the 1960s; the unhappy experience of a girl soldier in the fabled Israeli Army. Thanks to the author's unfailing eye and startling audacity, they all have an intense feel of reality about them. The story seemingly flows along the unstructured, illogical lines of free association, yet finally emerges as a true journey of development and accretion, leading through a via dolorosa of self-discovery to the real and metaphorical birth.

One of the most moving, heart-warming pieces of literature I have read recently...unquestionably original, not only in its treatment of the relations between men and women, but as a novel depicting, in a sensitive, precise way, the drawn-out process of departure from hell.
Yedioth Ahronoth  

"An extraordinary book by a superbly talented writer. A novel remarkable for its originality, maturity and literary ability, deserving recognition, commendation and acclaim."
Chairman of the Bernstein Prize panel of judges

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First Morning in Paradise
Title First Morning in Paradise
Author’s Last Name Lev
Author's First Name Eleonora
Language(s) German, French, Italian, Dutch, Chinese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keshet
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1996
No. Pages 351 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ha-Boker Ha-Rishon Be-Gan Eden
Representation Represented by ITHL


Dutch: Amsterdam, Arena, 1999
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 1999; pback: Munich, Bertelsmann, 2001
French: Paris, Seuil, 2003

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