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Benjamin Tammuz

Minotaur

Benjamin Tammuz

Minotaur

2013, pp. 192, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609451165
Translated by: Kim Parfitt, Mildred Budny
Region: Israel
Book collection: World Noir
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$ 16.00
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The book

On the day of his forty-first birthday, an Israeli secret agent encounters a beautiful young English woman. He immediately recognizes her as the woman he has been searching for all his life, the one he has loved forever. Though they have never met, he is certain that she is an essential part of his life’s destiny. Using all the tricks of his trade and his network of contacts, he takes control of her existence without ever revealing his identity. Alexander Abramov’s desperate, dangerous love for a woman half his age consumes everything in its path: time, distance, and rival suitors. Only his own story, of a life conditioned by isolation, distrust, and murder, can explain his devastating manipulation of the woman he professes to love. Four lives are entwined in this intricate story of a solitary man driven from one side of Europe to the other by his obsession. Riveting and full of suspense, as in the best spy-story tradition, Minotaur is also a highly inventive and original literary novel. Tammuz is a skilled writer whose commanding style makes of Alexander Abramov’s story a moving allegory of every man’s search for love.

The author

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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