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About the Night by [Anat Talshir, Evan Fallenberg]
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From the Editor

My heart has been shaped by stories like About the Night, which swept me back in time to a divided Jerusalem where two star-crossed lovers meet, changing their lives forever. Love stories are not always straightforward: the stakes are high; each revelation puts the delicate balance between you at risk; you live day to day, in awe of your own vulnerability. Love is longing.

Eighty-six-year-old Elias yearns to reconnect with his past. At last, he is ready to confess the truth of his one great love—a secret he protected throughout a long and seemingly fulfilling life. In spite of appearances, he never forgot Lila, his true love, the woman fate would not allow him to marry. Sparks ignited the moment they met, at a tea party in 1947, while protesters outside decried the presence of the British military on Jerusalem’s streets. During this initial conversation both are breathless, rapt, enthralled. Lila neatly sums up the problems facing her beloved city—and consequently her future with Elias: “These people are nicely dressed, and they stand here clinking glasses, but the city is torn apart and suffering.” And from this inauspicious beginning their relationship faces metaphorical obstacles of politics, faith, family, culture, and war, and the literal obstacle of a stone wall constructed between them. Elias tells the tale of this time, as well as the years that followed, with ferocious intensity, propelled by the relief it gives him to finally reveal the contents of his heart.

For me Don Quixote’s perpetual devotion to Dulcinea is far sweeter than any happily ever after. The passion expressed in About the Night is as intoxicating, the love between Elias and Lila as unforgettable. Steeping myself in such an epic love story reminded me that whatever the odds, true love is always remarkable.

- Gabriella Page-Fort, Editor

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About the Author

Anat Talshir has been one of Israel’s most distinguished investigative journalists for over thirty years. She has hosted a television show on current affairs and taught creative writing at the College of Management Academic Studies. Talshir has written and produced several documentaries, including the award-winning program Israel’s Next War?

In 2002 she was awarded the Nahum Sokolov Prize for best journalism (the Israeli Pulitzer). Talshir is currently working on her second novel.

About the Translator

Evan Fallenberg is a US-born writer and translator living in Israel since 1985. He is the author of the novels Light Fell (2008), When We Danced on Water (2011), and The Parting Gift (2018) and has translated novels, plays, short stories, librettos, and screenplays by leading Israeli authors. Fallenberg has won the American Library Association’s Barbara Gittings Stonewall Book Award as well as the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction. He has been short-listed for the PEN Translation Prize and the Times Literary Supplement Risa Domb/Porjes Prize for translation of Hebrew literature. Fallenberg teaches at Bar-Ilan University and City University of Hong Kong, and serves as an advisor to several literary prizes, including the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature.

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  • Publisher : Amazon Crossing (June 1, 2016)
  • Publication date : June 1, 2016
  • Language : English
  • File size : 3332 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 381 pages
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 1,696 ratings

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