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PAIN

Zeruya Shalev

  • Original Title: KE'EV
  • Publication date: January 2015
  • Publisher: Keter
  • Country: IL
  • Drama

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Israel
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Life choice, Resilience, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, LOVE / HATE, Life-saving love

Pitch

Ten years after she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack, the pain comes back to torment Iris. But that is not all: Eitan, the love of her youth also comes back into her life. And although their relationship ended many years ago, she was more deeply wounded when he left her than by the suicide bomber who blew himself up next to her.

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"GOLDEN" BOOK 2016 - More than 20,000 copies sold in Israel

"A great book, that ends with a therapeutic catharsis." - Author Amos Oz

Translation rights sold: US, Germany, Netherlands, Romania, France, Poland, Italy, China, Portugal, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria

Zeruya Shalev's LOVE LIFE is included in Der Spiegel's prestigious list of "20 Best Novels in World Literature" over the last 40 years, together with Saul Bellow, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth. HUSBAND AND WIFE was included in the French Fnac list of the "200 Best Books of the Decade." THE REMAINS OF LOVE won the French prestigious Prix Femina Etranger (2014). A feature film of LOVE LIFE, produced in Germany, was released in 2008, and in 2017 she received the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres decoration. Her books have been published in 25 languages

Summary

Ten years after she was seriously injured in a terrorist attack, the pain comes back to torment Iris, the heroine of Zeruya Shalev’s new novel. But that is not all: Eitan, the love of her youth also comes back into her life. And although their relationship ended many years ago, she was more deeply wounded when he left her than by the suicide bomber who blew himself up next to her.
Iris’s marriage is stalled. Her two children have grown up and are almost independent; she herself has become a dedicated, successful school principal. But now, after years of living without passion and joy, Eitan brings them back into her life. Unhappily, she must concoct all sorts of lies to conceal her love from her family, and the lies become more and more complicated. But can one ever restore the love of one’s youth?
Iris is in an impossible predicament, and in order to decide she tries to fathom whether her love with Eitan can heal all her pain, and more essentially, whether in the process she would have to hurt the people who are closest to her.

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  • Author’s biography

    Leading author Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She has an MA in Biblical studies and works as a literary editor at Keter Publishing House. Her novelsLOVE LIFE, HUSBAND AND WIFE (nominated in 2002 for Prix Femina), LATE FAMILY (Thera) and THE REMAINS OF LOVE have received critical acclaim both in Israel and abroad and have been bestsellers in several countries.
    LOVE LIFE is included in Der Spiegel's prestigious list of "20 Best Novels in World Literature" over the last 40 years, together with Saul Bellow, J. M. Coetzee and Philip Roth. HUSBAND AND WIFE was included in the French Fnac list of the "200 Best Books of the Decade." THE REMAINS OF LOVE won the French prestigious Prix Femina Etranger (2014). The novel was also featured in The Independent's Books of the Year in Translation (2013) and was nominated for the Prix Medicis in the category of foreign literature (France, 2014).

    Shalev has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes for her bestselling novels, the Corine Prize (Germany, 2001), the Amphi Award (France, 2003), the ACUM Prize twice (1997; 2005), the French Wizo Prize (2007), the Welt-Literature Prize (Germany, 2012), the Prime Minister's Prize (2014) the Rome-Jerusalem Prize (Italy, 2014), the Prix Femina (France, 2014) and the ADEI-WIZO Prize (Italy, 2017) for Pain.

    A feature film of LOVE LIFE, produced in Germany, was released in 2008, and in 2017 she received the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres decoration. Her books have been published in 25 languages.