Mandrakes from the Holy Land

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Toby Press, 2005 - Fiction - 197 pages
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"In 1906, an idealistic, upper-class young Englishwoman leaves her home, social circle, and the thrill of belonging to London's intellectual elite, and arrives in Palestine to paint the flowers mentioned in the Old Testament. Beatrice Campbell-Bennett is also running away from an emotional entanglement with Virginia Woolf's sister, Vanessa Stephen. The novel unfolds through her journal and letters." "Beatrice sets out insouciantly enough, galloping around the Holy Land, still under Ottoman rule, accompanied by Aziz, her lusty Arab dragoman. On horseback, in her flowing muslim dress, she's every bit the eccentric British colonial. But as she takes in the sites, traveling in search of biblical flowers, particularly mandrakes, Beatrice falls prey to the visionaries and pilgrims, dreamers and predators she meets. Her religious ecstasy clearly teeters on the psychotic as she becomes mired in the morass of the Holy Land ... until an act of brutality calls her entire future into question." --Book Jacket.

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Aharon Megged has been publishing since 1938. His fiction has won numerous awards, including the Koret Prize and the French Wizo prize for Foiglman, which was also selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover New Writers Program. He has also been awarded the Bialik, Brenner, and Agnon Prizes, and most recently, the coveted Israel Prize in 2003.

Born in Jerusalem in 1939, Amos Oz is the author of numerous works of fiction and essays. His international awards include the Prix Femina, the Israel Prize, and the Frankfurt Peace Prize, and his books have been translated into more than thirty languages. He lives in Israel.

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