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My One and Only Love Hardcover – February 23, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Saqi Books (February 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863565077
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863565076
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A seriously funny writer and the wittiest musician since Ronnie Scott ... We're lucky Gilad Atzmon is around.' Robert Wyatt 'A panoply of convincing, crazed and comic voices. A dramatic and entertaining satire and a welcome left-field look at Israeli self-identity.' Nicholas Blincoe 'A biting satire on Jewish identity, Zionist politics and sex.' The Observer 'A fusion of anti-Israeli conspiracy theory and adolescent sexual farce - Mordechai Vanunu meets 'American Pie' - which involves crynogenically maintained war criminals, Mossad agents, and a trumpeter who can bring women to orgasm just by playing a single note.' Time Out 'An Israeli who prefers to be labeled a Palestinian, a Jew who calls himself an ex-Jew, a saxophonist and clarinetist, novelist, philosopher and airline pilot manque, Atzmon is, it's safe to say, a bit different.' The Independent 'A blackly comic satire about a Jewish jazz trumpeter caught up in the world of Israeli espionage.' The Bookseller 'Catch 22 meets Only Fools and Horses.' Jazz Review 'A remarkable romp ... compulsive stuff.' Jazzwise 'Atzmon hits the right note ... a refreshing, quirky satire laced with plenty of the absurd.' The Morning Star

About the Author

Gilad Atzmon is a world-acclaimed Jazz saxophonist and composer. A member of the Blockheads, he also fronts the Orient House Ensemble (winner of BBC Jazz 'Album of the Year' 2003). His first novel Guide to the Perplexed was published in 2001. He lives in London in 'self-exile' from his native Israel.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Partial to Truth on October 12, 2013
Format: Hardcover
My One and Only Love is a wild romp through the vast expanse of Gilad Atzmon's imagination that leaves you breathless with laughter.
If you read Atzmon's Guide to the Perplexed you are familiar with his satire power, if you read The Wandering Who? you know his philosophy, humanism and unflinching quest for truth and beauty, wherever it leads.

This book reveals other facets of Atzmon's talent. One is his humor, of Rabelaisian robustness, life-afirming even in sarcastic wit, often reminiscent of Bukowsky. Nothing human is alien to him nor taboo and barred from examination: beauty, ugliness, sexuality, greed, pretense, opportunism, nationalistic cant, hypocrisy and, of course, as expected from the pioneer of the Jewish identity syndrome studies, Jewish supremacism.
Another is his memorable delineation of characters, not two-dimensional cardboard effigies but live incarnations of Israeli typology, each with his or her individual voice and diction.
There is Avrum, the showbiz entrepreneur, resourceful "fixer" always looking for a "combina" to make some "lokshen," while patriotically helping "Long Arm," the feared Israeli intelligence service, to abduct a Nazi war criminal from South America by hiding him in a "Gulliver violin case."
There is Sabrina Hopshteter, Holocaust survivor and retired Long Arm agent, sharing her memories of working as a "honeypot" to track Nazis in Germany and protect them in essence from the likes of zealots like Vizikrechzintal, who did not understand that bringing all Nazis to justice would dilute the impact of the Holocaust.
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10 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Karin Friedemann on October 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
My One and Only Love is a psychological and political commentary on the personal conflict between being true to one's heart and being loyal to "The Jews."

Gilad Atzmon, born in Israel, makes fun of famous Zionist historical figures, events and propaganda techniques while exploring the mystery of what it means to be a Jew. This genuinely entertaining book illustrates many ironies of Jewish existence, in particular the opportunistic use of Jewish suffering to promote the State of Israel.

The Jewish protagonist's secret desire to have an authentic personal relationship with a German woman reveals the key to personal salvation: Learning to love one's enemy.

The book is a bit risque, but it's deep.
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