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To be honest, it is only after the very recent new translation into Hebrew that I began to grasp the beauty of this intimidating masterpiece. It tells the story of the journey of Odysseus, king of Ithaca, back to his wife Penelope, after the end of Trojan war. A man returns home from many battles, only to discover that home is not the home he left, and the wife is not the wife he left, and the man himself is not the same one that left.
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Morrison suggests that for some people the war is never done, and examines whether, in such cases, love even has a chance. An Israeli mother drives her son to the army basecamp, and returns to an empty house. This surreal journey is accompanied by a former soldier: an old friend — or lover — suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
One of the best novels ever written in Hebrew. When Grossman started To the End of the Land, he had no way of knowing that he would lose one of his sons in a war before he finished writing it. Her portrait of a French village during the Nazi occupation includes the love story of a Nazi officer and a French woman whose husband is a prisoner of war.
Like Beloved, this novel also takes place after the end of a war, in this case the first world war. The novel starts as a vivid, humorous Cinderella story, only to become a tragedy of classes. Dori and Inbar have to travel to the other side of the world — Argentina — to understand their connection to Israel and its everlasting wars. Only from a safe distance can they see their national identity and look at their intimate relationships. This could easily be a didactic metaphor but, luckily for us, Nevo is a master of plot. The Unbearable Lightness of Being takes place, partly, during the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact nations in A French village boy falls in love with an aristocratic Polish girl on the eve of the second world war.
The protagonist joins the French Resistance, but the biggest resistance to tyranny lies in his loyalty to his lost love. Lovers should be able to wait, and to hope, and — most of all — to remember.