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Grandma Sultana’s Salted Biscuits

Dan Benaya Seri
The plot of this novel draws upon folkloric resources dealing with unwitting sins, destructive lust and scorching dreams. Grandma Sultana marries the widower Mishael after the death of his barren first wife. When her predecessor's mother sends a set of copper dishes as a present, Grandma Sultana is suspicious. And she is right - they put a curse on the family. Feeling that they are ruled by incomprehensible powers, they do not reject the irrational but try to placate it. Curses demand antidotes and omens must be interpreted. Among the recurring portents are the scented jasmine blossoms, and, inevitably, Sultana's salted biscuits.

Seri's novel reveals heights and depths which expand the limits of Israeli literature.
Al Hamishmar

English translation available (for publishers only)

Seri Grandma Sultana's Salted Biscuits
Title Grandma Sultana’s Salted Biscuits
Author’s Last Name Seri
Author's First Name Dan Benaya
Language(s) Hebrew, Italian
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) M. Neumann, Tcherikover
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1980
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) rev. and extended ed. Keter, Hakibbutz Hameuichad/ Siman Kriah
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1988
No. Pages 146 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Ugiyot Ha-Melah Shel Savta Sultana
Representation Represented by ITHL


Italian: Florence, Giuntina, 2004

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