Mr. Mani by Abraham B. Yehoshua

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Mr. Mani is a deeply affecting six-generation family saga, extending from nineteenth century Greece and Poland to British-occupied Palestine to German-occupied Crete and ultimately to modern Israel. The narrative moves through time and is told in five conversations about the Mani family. It ends in Athens in 1848 with Avraham Mani’s powerful tale about the death of his young son in Jerusalem.  A profoundly human novel, rich in drama, irony, and wit.

About Abraham B. Yehoshua

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A. B. YEHOSHUA is one of Israel's preeminent writers. His novels include A Journey to the End of the Millenium, The Liberated Bride, and A Woman in Jerusalem, which was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2007. He lives in Haifa.
Published May 7, 1993 by Mariner Books. 369 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And so genealogy retreats through conversations with a Polish doctor, whose sister's departure from Jerusalem drove Moshe Mani to suicide in 1899, and ends as Avraham Mani, in Athens, confesses in 1848 to his aged rabbi that he has impregnated his widowed daughter-in-law so that the family would ...

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Speakers--each with a strong, distinctive voice--include a contemporary Israeli woman, a Nazi soldier stationed in Crete during WW II, a British Jewish soldier in Palestine after WW I, a Jewish doctor in Galicia and a Jewish merchant in Athens.

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Indeed there are so many metaphors, situations, characters repeating themselves that we have to go back to the Manis of 1918, 1899 and 1848 to understand why in 1982 Mr Mani performs a nightly ritual of attempted suicide, why he is drawn to the Arabic parts of Jerusalem, why a young girl who mour...

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