"In my new book, children who have done no wrong are born into a bitter fate."
Mira Magen`s new book converges towards a specific moment, late in the novel, when the heroine bursts out and confesses to committing a crime for which she is not really responsible. And although we anticipate this moment from the beginning, it is still painfully moving.
Anna, the unforgettable heroine of this novel, is a 12-year-old girl whose life has been a struggle ever since she was born: she suffers from mild cerebral palsy, which expresses itself in coordination problems and crooked legs that make her trip over herself when she walks. But she does not give up and fights to get the most out of life. With her inexhaustible wit at her side, she confronts the adults and demands her share in life.
Anna`s greatest dream had always been to ride a bicycle, but when she pinches a bicycle and takes her little brother Tom on it down to the sea, he falls, hits his head on the rocks and sinks into a coma. From that moment on, the narrative follows Anna, her guilt feelings and her family as they try to cope with their tragedy. Anna never tells anyone how Tom fell. But gradually and with the help of Adiso, her Ethiopian friend, she learns to live with what has happened and even to accept herself, her disabilities and her dreams.
Mira Magen's strength is the best sort of entertainment novel… But in its most brilliant passages, it exceeds simple entertainment.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Mira Magen is a master of the everyday.
Neue Züricher Zeitung
One devours this brilliantly translated text, since everything in this beautiful novel is in the right place.
There is something of Fellini in this choral novel that allows itself to be daring with emotion [even] in a country where excess is the norm.
|Title|| ||Time Will Tell|
|Author’s Last Name|| ||Magen|
|Author's First Name|| ||Mira|
|Language(s)|| ||German, French, Italian|
|Publisher (Hebrew)|| ||Keter|
|Year of Publication (Hebrew)|| ||2008|
|No. Pages|| ||305 pp.|
|Book title - Hebrew (phonetic)|| ||Yamim Yagidu, Anna|
|Representation|| ||Represented by ITHL|
German: Munich, dtv, 2010
French: Paris, Mercure de France, 2010
Italian: Rome, Atmosphere Libri, 2015