The Blue Mountain

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Canongate, 2001 - Fiction - 377 pages
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The Blue Mountain is the first novel by one of Israel's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers and as with all his writing is a virtuoso example of Shalev's skill as a storyteller. Published to outstanding reviews all over the world, its publication in Britain re-affirms his reputation as a major international writer.Set in a small rural village prior to the creation of the State of Israel, this funny and hugely imaginative book paints an extraordinary picture of a small community of Ukrainian immigrants as they succeed in pioneering a new life in a new land over three generations. The Blue Mountain transcends its time and place by touching on issues of universal relevance whilst never failing to entertain and engage the reader. As with Four Meals, the writing is lyrical and of exceptional quality and illustrates why Shalev has been steadily winning over an ever-increasing number of fans worldwide.

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Around the turn of the century many idealistic Jews left Russia to settle in Palestine; their efforts laid the groundwork of the modern state of Israel. The Blue Mountain, a best seller in Israel ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

MEIR SHALEV lives in Jerusalem, where he is widely known for his work as a TV presenter and journalist. He is the author of numerous children's books as well as novels, including the highly acclaimed Esau and Roman Russi. He introduces the forthcoming Samuel (The Pocket Canons II, Canongate, November 1999, 0 86241 9670, 2.00 pbk). Canongate will publish Roman Russi in 2000.

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