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Vodka and Bread

Mira Magen
A husband and wife who have one child leave their high-powered careers and start working in menial jobs instead. Gideon, a brilliant attorney, moves to Eilat and starts working in a fish farm, while Amia, his wife, gives up her respected position as an accountant and decides to manage the village grocery store she inherited from her parents.
Ostensibly, this is a simple story about the disintegration of a bourgeois family unit, but Amia`s decision isn`t just a break away from the rat race - it is her response to Gideon`s abandonment. And as he draws further away, she is torn between needing a husband and father for her son, and wanting to give the person she loves the space he needs.
Beyond Amia`s personal problems, life in the village brings her in touch with many people who find themselves on the margins of mainstream society. Among them: an old man who lost his grandson in an accident that ruined his family; Amjad, the Arab helper at the store, who is trying to survive in an impossible political and financial situation; and "the Madonna," also known as "the little Russian slut,"a small-time thief and big-time temptress who left her ultra-orthodox religious family. But what Amia doesn`t know is that Gideon`s progressive estrangement is beyond his control.

Vodka and Bread has a complex and convincing feel, an impressive sense of humor… Offers fascinating social and psychological insights into Israeli society.

Magen is like a tightrope walker who dares to juggle while she walks... All her characters come together to create an impressive collage.

A winning drama… Entices and captivates the readers with its charm, mesmerizing them with its language and style.

Magen Vodka and Bread
Title Vodka and Bread
Author’s Last Name Magen
Author's First Name Mira
Language(s) Hebrew, German
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 271 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Vodka Ve-Lechem
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Munich, dtv, 2012; dtv, 2015
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