The Remains of Love
Hemda Horovitz is nearing the end of her life. As she lies in bed in Jerusalem, the present flickers in and out and memories from the past flood her thoughts: her childhood in the kibbutz spent under the disappointed gaze of her stern, pioneer father; the lake that was her only solace; and her own two children, one whom she could never love and the other whom she loved too much. Avner, the beloved child, has grown up to be a heavy, anguished man, disillusioned by his work and trapped in a loveless marriage. When visiting his mother in hospital he witnesses an elegant couple's final poignant moments together; after the man's death Avner becomes obsessed with finding the woman, and a strange and delicate relationship unfolds. Dina, Hemda's daughter, has put aside her career in order to give her teenage daughter, Nitzan, the warmth she never received from her own mother. But Nitzan is withdrawing from her, and as Dina slides into despair she is overcome by a longing to adopt a child - a longing that, if fulfilled, may destroy her fragile family. Zeruya Shalev's new novel is at once a meditation on the state of modern Israel and a profound exploration of family, yearning, compromise and the insistent pull of the past.
Winner of the Die Welt prize 2012. An electrifying novel from internationally bestselling Israeli writer Zeruya Shalev.
Searing, intense, provocative, The Remains of Love throws open every closed chamber in the human heart. There is no place that Zeruya Shalev is afraid to go Nicole Krauss Hypnotic rhythm ... An acute and profound statement ... One of the most powerful novels I have read in recent years Amos Oz These days, I am hypnotized by Zeruya Shalev's new book, The Remains of Love. Shalev's gift lies in her extraordinary ability to reach inside a person, psychologically and intuitively, from birth on throughout his or her life. She understands a person's innermost soul and can turn it into a story President Shimon Peres,Yediot Aharonot PRAISE FOR LOVE LIFE: 'A wise and sophisticated talent Washington Post Beautifully written ... compelling Independent on Sunday PRAISE FOR HUSBAND AND WIFE: 'I defy anyone to be unmoved by writing this powerful Guardian
Zeruya Shalev was born at Kibbutz Kinneret. She is the author of three previous novels; Love Life, Husband and Wife and Thera, a book of poetry and a children's book. Her work is critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling. Shalev has been awarded the Book Publishers Association's Gold and Platinum Prizes four times, the Corine International Book Prize (Germany, 2001), the Amphi Award (France, 2003), the ACUM Prize twice (1997, 2005), the French Wizo Prize (2007), the prestigious Welt-Literature Award (2012) and The Remains of Love is a finalist of the Bottary Lattes Grinzane Prize (Italy, 2013). Husband and Wife was also nominated for the Prix Femina Prize (France, 2002). A feature film of Love Life, produced in Germany, was released in 2008. Her books have been translated into twenty-five languages. She lives in Jerusalem. Philip Simpson's published translations from Hebrew to English include The Lover by A.B. Yeshoshua, Where the Jackals Howl by Amos Oz, A Guide to the Perplexed by Gilad Atzmon and Aleppo Tales by Haim Sabato. He lives in Norfolk.