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Benjamin Tammuz

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Benjamin Tammuz

Benjamin Tammuz was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of five. He studied Law and Economics in Tel Aviv and later attended the Sorbonne in Paris, where he studied Art History. Tammuz was a sculptor as well as a diplomat and a writer, and was for many years the literary editor of the Ha’aretz newspaper. His numerous novels and short stories have been widely translated from the Hebrew and have received several literary prizes.

Minotaur was selected Book of the Year in England in 1981. Benjamin Tammuz died in 1989.

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  • Morrissey may think that his autobiography was worthy of being published as a Penguin Classic, but the critic whose judgment counts most on this issue is Old Father Time. I’ll agree that the book is a classic if people are still reading it when the author is waving gladioli...
    — Dec 2 2013
  • Given its reissue as part of Europa’s World Noir series, you’d be forgiven for dismissing Minotaur as a genre mystery story, or an overworked Police procedural. Even its cover blurb, with its talk of secret agents and John le Carré, encourages us to see it as a...
    — Aug 6 2013
  • More translated crime from BENJAMIN TAMMUZ, MINOTAUR (Europa/World Noir), translated from the Hebrew by Mildred Budny and Kim Parfitt. This is character-based espionage fiction with the sophistication of the masters; an Israeli secret agent encounters a seductive Englishwoman...
    — May 9 2013
  • The keen readers amongst you will have noticed a few Europa Editions posts amongst my reviews of late; this, the third, is MINOTAUR by Benjamin Tammuz. MINOTAUR, an Israeli novel originally published in Hebrew in 1989, is the story of a handful of individuals who form...
    — Apr 29 2013
  • With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz (Castle in Spain) has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character--an empty canvas that's teasingly filled in with skill and style. We begin with ""a man, who was a secret agent""--a nameless...
    — Jun 26 2012
  • With a sparkling lack of imagination, perhaps,  I find the best way to approach this  intriguing novel by the late Benjamin Tammuz – former literary editor of Israeli newspaper Haaretz – is through his co-national Amos Oz. But, read the following passage about opening...
    — Jun 26 2008
  • Tammuz accords his prose the kind of sensuousness you don’t find in le Carré or Greene. by CHARLES TAYLOR Graham Greene and John le Carré have long cornered the market ontales of gray, dour espionage mandarins who, with inevitably tragic results, feel their lives...
    — Mar 15 2006

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