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A man and a woman stand face-to-face in a snow-covered New York

street. Once, they were lovers. Now, he is married to another

woman and lives in Israel, and she is married to another man and lives in

Manhattan. Nevertheless, she has contacted him and asked for a meeting,

after years of being apart. Why did she do this? How did their love affair

begin, and why did it end? And is there a chance that it can be resuscitated?

Ronit Matalon wrote archetypal variations of the family novel genre

that have become classics of Israeli literature. She wrote tangled, dark

and amusing love stories. Snow is a novella that she began in 2002 but

never completed. It is an attempt to integrate two stories: one about a

relationship between a woman and a man, probing the connections in

adult romantic love; the other about family ties during childhood and

adolescence. Towards the end of her life, Matalon returned to Snow but

did not finish it. Despite this, the beauty and literary power unique to her

writing radiate from its pages with no less intensity than they do from her

completed works.

Ronit Matalon died in December 2017, aged 58. Different versions

of Snow were found in a folder in the room where she wrote. This is one

of them.

The importance of the publication of this novel lies, of course, in the very fact that it exists. Snow opens up an engrossing view of the writing processes employed by Matalon, surely one of the finest authors to have worked here.






Title Snow
Author’s Last Name Matalon
Author's First Name Ronit
Language(s) Hebrew
Genre novella
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2019
No. Pages 184
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Sheleg
Representation Represented by ITHL

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