Zeruya Shalev. Love Life

Love Life describes the stormy relationship between a young woman and a man twice her age. Ya'arah is captivated by Aryeh, her father's erstwhile friend and peer. Yet Aryeh's attraction does not lie in his personal charm; in this older man, animal magnetism and sinfulness mix with a crumbling decay and cruel selfishness, which Ya'arah is powerless to deny. In their ensuing sexual relationship, moments of sublime pleasure blend with humiliation and self-abasement. Falling in love is described as a form of addiction. However, the relationship is anything but stereotyped. Aryeh may indeed be selfish and cold, but he does not play the role of a run-of-the-mill old lecher; he too is pathetic and no less complex than Ya'arah. As the novel unfolds, it becomes apparent that Ya'arah's mother also had an affair with Aryeh in the past, and their former relationship profoundly affects the present. In the course of the book, Ya'arah undergoes a process of maturation, moving from a state of dependency and guilt towards independence and self-respect.

A mezmerizing book. 
Der Spiegel

A runaway success….  Love Life broke all barriers.
New York Times

A strong, magnificent novel. 
Le Nouvel Observateur

Love Life
Title Love Life
Author’s Last Name Shalev
Author's First Name Zeruya
Language(s) Hebrew, English, German, French, Italian, Dutch, Azeri (Azerbaijan), Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Greek, Hungarian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Malayalam (India), Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Vietnamese
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Keter
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1997
Publisher 2 (Hebrew) Keter/ Yedioth Ahronoth
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 2010
No. Pages 319 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Chayei Ahava
Representation Represented by ITHL


Dutch: Amsterdam, Vassallucci, 1999; pback: 2000
French: Paris, Gallimard, 2000; pback: Paris, Gallimard/Folio, 2005
Italian: Milan, Frassinelli, 2000; Mondolibri, 2001
German: Berlin, Berlin Verlag, 2000; pback: 2001; Berlin, Berliner Taschenbuch, 2003; Book Club: Berlin, RM Buch &   Medien, 2001; pback: 2006; Hamburg, Spiegel, 2007; with Husband and Wife & Late Family, Berlin Taschenbuch, 2010
English: New York, Grove/Atlantic, 2000; Edinburgh, Canongate, 2001
Greek: Athens, Patakis, 2001
Spanish: Barcelona, Galaxia Gutenberg, 2001; 2004; Barcelona, Punto de Lectura, forthcoming
Portuguese: Lisbon, Presenca, 2001; Rio de Janeiro, Imago, 2002 
Turkish: Istanbul, Dogan, 2001; 2009
Norwegian: Oslo, Aschehoug, 2002 
Czech: Prague, Eroica, 2003
Polish: Warsaw, WAB, 2003, 2004; 2008
Slovenian: Krize, Ucila, 2003
Japanese: Tokyo, Fuso, 2004
Chinese (complex): Taipei, Wisdom & Knowledge, 2004
Chinese (simplified): Beijing, People's Literature Pub., 2006
Croatian: Zapresic, Fraktura, 2007
Malayalam: Kottayam, DC Books, 2009
Vietnamese: Hanoi, Bach Viet, 2009
Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas, 2009; pback, 2010 
Bulgarian: Plovdiv, Janet 45, 2015
Azeri: Baku, Alatoran, 2016
HungarianBudapest, Libri Kiadó, 2017

Lithuanian: Vilnius, Sofoklis, 2017

Russian: Text, Moscow, 2019

Romanian: Bucharest, Humanitas, 2020