Oh Sweden! Oh Israel! by Stephan Mendel-Enk

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He narrates the family's rupture in a sequence of beautifully observed scenes that are rendered difficult by being chronologically disordered. The reader is given little help...
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Around the time of Jacob's bar mitzvah, his mother leaves his father for another man, and he is not even Jewish. It's 1987, the First Intifada is about to break out, and the Jewish community in Gothenburg, many of them descendants of Holocaust survivors, is under a certain amount of strain. Jacob relates his family's break-up in the context of a fragmented diaspora community orientated towards Israel and America with humour and affection. Mendel-Enk's debut novel is a portrait of a Swedish Jewish community, filled with comedy, tragedy and zest for life.
 

About Stephan Mendel-Enk

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Stephan Mendel-Enk was born and raised in Gothenburg, Sweden. He has written for the soccer journal
 
Published March 7, 2013 by Portobello Books Ltd. 140 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jane Housham on Apr 12 2013

He narrates the family's rupture in a sequence of beautifully observed scenes that are rendered difficult by being chronologically disordered. The reader is given little help...

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