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In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist

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quot;,A beautiful novel that coils the history and mystery of Jerusalem into a private and vivid tale of personal dignity, ownership, love-- and the overlap of all three, the space we call the soul.", Dara Horn',The unlikely friendship of an intellectual New York Jew and a working-class Jerusalem Arab drives Feuerman's evocative second novelThis friendship is all the more unlikely because it occurs in the divided city of Jerusalem The city itself emerges as a character: its climate and topography are depicted with a lyricism that contrasts with the area's political tension. [The] story unfolds as a belated coming-of-age tale.[written in a] quiet, lovely mood.' Publishers WeeklyAn eczema-riddled, middle-aged former Lower East Side haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, moves to Israel where he becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the collection of seekers gathered in his courtyard. It is there that he meets Tamar, a young American woman on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man, and who sees Isaac as that man long before he sees himself that way. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, unloved by his own mother, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews.When Isaac, quite by accident, runs into the crippled custodian going about his work and suggests that he is, by cleaning this holy site, like a Kohain, a Jewish high priest, Mustafa is overcome: This Jew is the first person in his life who sees him as someone worthy. In turn, Mustafa sees Isaac as someone wise who can help him. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the first temple, he brings it to Isaac in gratitude. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that land Isaac in the company of Israel's worst criminal riff raff, put Mustafa in mortal danger, and Tamar trying to save them both. As these characters immigrants and natives, Muslim and Jewish, prophets and lost souls move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.

Auteur

Ruchama King Feuerman was born in Nashville, grew up in Virginia and Maryland, and when she was seventeen, bought a one-way ticket to Israel to seek her spiritual fortune. Her first novel, the highly acclaimed Seven Blessings (St Martin's Press), praised by The New York Times and other publications, was a Hadassah Book Club selection. Dubbed the "Jewish Jane Austen" by Kirkus Reviews, Feuerman has had stories and essays in many publications, and is a winner of the 2012 Moment Magazine Short Fiction Prize, selected by Walter Mosley. She lives with her family in New Jersey.



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2013 National Jewish Book Award Finalist American Library Association Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title 2015 An eczema-riddled Lower East Side haberdasher, Isaac Markowitz, moves to Israel to repair his broken heart and becomes, much to his own surprise, the assistant to a famous old rabbi who daily dispenses wisdom (and soup) to the troubled souls who wash up in his courtyard. It is there that he meets the flame-haired Tamar, a newly religious young American hipster on a mission to live a spiritual life with a spiritual man. Into both of their lives comes Mustafa, a devout Muslim, deformed at birth, a janitor who works on the Temple Mount, holy to both Muslims and Jews. When Mustafa finds an ancient shard of pottery that may date back to the fi rst temple, he brings it to Isaac in friendship. That gesture sets in motion a series of events that lands Isaac in the company of Israel's worst criminal riff raff, puts Mustafa in mortal danger, and leaves Tamar struggling to save them both. As these characters-immigrants and natives; Muslim and Jewish; prophets and lost souls-move through their world, they are never sure if they will fall prey to the cruel tricks of luck or be sheltered by a higher power.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9781590177495
ISBN: 978-1-59017-749-5
Protection contre la copie numérique: Adobe DRM
Format: eBook (epub)
Editeur: New York Review Books
Genre: Fiction
nombre de pages: 272
Parution: 17.09.2013
Année: 2013
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 2.6 MB