Item description for Minotaur by Kim Parfitt Benjamin Tammuz...
"I was totally enchanted by Minotaur, a book that transcends time. If Chekhov were to enter the room and ask where he should begin with contemporary literature, I would put Minotaur on his reading list, with the conviction that I would be introducing him to a kindred spirit."-Financial Times
"A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves . . . very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell."-The New York Times
"After reading the last line, you feel like holding the book in your hands for a while, with love and anger, before putting it back on the shelf of timeless novels."-Corriere della Sera
"An uncommon and suggestive spy story, love story and much more, that charms the reader. Not to be missed."-L'Unit
An Israeli secret agent falls hopelessly in love with a young English girl. Utilizing his network of shady contacts and his professional expertise, he takes control of her life without ever revealing his identity. Minotaur, named Book of the Year in England in 1981, is a complex and utterly original story about a solitary man driven from one side of Europe to the other by his obsession.
Benjamin Tammuz was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of five. Tammuz was a sculptor as well as a diplomat, writer, and for many years, literary editor of the Ha'aretz newspaper. His numerous novels and short stories have received many literary prizes. Benjamin Tammuz died in 1989.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.1" Width: 5" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2005
Publisher Europa Editions
ISBN 1933372028 ISBN13 9781933372020
This was a book that I found by random selection and fell in love with. It begins with an intriguing concept- that we are each meant to be with one certain person, somewhere in the world- and continues to reveal more and more about the characters and their actions. There is intense character development, but the plot remains focused and clear. It's the kind of story that transcends all cultural boundaries.
one of the best books I've ever read Jun 19, 2006
This book starts a little slow but is definitely worth summoning the patience. It is written in a somewhat unconventional fashion. A handfull of characthers are first introduced then each chapter tells that charachter's story. The plots are intrelated and slowly revealed as you make your way through the book. This isn't just used as a clever device but as a way of showing the complexity of each character and makes the book something like both a collection of short stories and a novel. The writing is beautiful even in translation and the depth and complexity of the characters is amazing. It has a sort of classical feel to it but I think more than anything it is the timelessness of the story/stories it tells that gives it this feeling.