Rivers of North America:A Reading lesson for students of geography and geology Israel C. Russell
A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of Israel´s most acclaimed novelists When Liat meets Hilmi on a blustery autumn afternoon in Greenwich Village, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Charismatic and handsome, Hilmi is a talented young artist from Palestine. Liat, an aspiring translation student, plans to return to Israel the following summer. Despite knowing that their love can be only temporary, that it can exist only away from their conflicted homeland, Liat lets herself be enraptured by Hilmi: by his lively imagination, by his beautiful hands and wise eyes, by his sweetness and devotion. Together they explore the city, sharing laughs and fantasies and pangs of homesickness. But the unfettered joy they awaken in each other cannot overcome the guilt Liat feels for hiding him from her family in Israel and her Jewish friends in New York. As her departure date looms and her love for Hilmi deepens, Liat must decide whether she is willing to risk alienating her family, her community, and her sense of self for the love of one man. Banned from classrooms by Israel´s Ministry of Education, Dorit Rabinyan´s remarkable novel contains multitudes. A bold portrayal of the strains-and delights-of a forbidden relationship, All the Rivers (published in Israel as Borderlife) is a love story and a war story, a New York story and a Middle East story, an unflinching foray into the forces that bind us and divide us. ´´The land is the same land,´´ Hilmi reminds Liat. ´´In the end all the rivers flow into the same sea.´´ Praise for All the Rivers ´´Rabinyan´s book is a sort of Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden love affair between a Jewish girl from Tel Aviv and a Palestinian boy from Hebron. . . . [A] beautiful novel.´´-The Guardian ´´A fine, subtle, and disturbing study of the ways in which public events encroach upon the private lives of those who attempt to live and love in peace with each other, and, impossibly, with a riven and irreconcilable world.´´-John Banville, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea ´´I´m with Dorit Rabinyan. Love, not hate, will save us. Hatred sows hatred, but love can break down barriers.´´-Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature ´´Astonishing . . . [a] precise and elegant love story, drawn with the finest of lines.´´-Amos Oz ´´Rabinyan´s writing reflects the honesty and modesty of a true artisan.´´-Haaretz ´´Because the novel strikes the right balance between the personal and the political, and because of her ability to tell a suspenseful and satisfying story, we decided to award Dorit Rabinyan´s [All the Rivers] the 2015 Bernstein Prize.´´-From the 2015 Bernstein Prize judges´ decision ´´[All the Rivers] ought to be read like J. M. Coetzee or Toni Morrison-from a distance in order to get close.´´-Walla! ´´Beautiful and sensitive . . . a human tale of rapprochement and separation . . . a noteworthy human and literary achievement.´´-Makor Rishon ´´A captivating (and heartbreaking) gem, written in a spectacular style, with a rich, flowing, colorful and addictive language.´´-Motke ´´A great novel of love and peace.´´-La Stampa ´´A novel that truly speaks to the heart.´´-Corriere della Sera
Trade paperback. A love story between a young Israeli translator and a Palestinian painter, and a profound comment on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A provocative book that has been banned from schools in Israel, from the author of ´´Persian Brides´´. ´There are many astonishing things about this book.´ Amos Oz
A History of New Sweden:The settlements on the river Delaware. Translated from the Swedish with an introd. and notes Israel Acrelius
Between River and Sea:Encounters in Israel and Palestine Dervla Murphy
A History of New Sweden:The Settlements on the River Delaware Israel Acrelius/ William M. Reynolds
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The Jordan Rift Valley, stretching from the Red Sea to Lebanon, was ripped open millions of years ago by vast forces within the earth. This geological object has also been a part of human history ever since early humans used it as a path in their journey out of Africa. And for a quarter of a century it has been part of the biography of Israeli writer Haim Watzman. In the autumn of 2004, as his country was riven by a fierce debate over its borders, Watzman took a two-week journey up the valley. Along the way he met scientists who try to understand the rift through the evidence lying on its surface - an archaeologist who reconstructs the fallen altars of a long-forgotten people, a zoologist whose study of bird societies has produced a theory of why organisms cooperate, and a geologist who thinks that the valley will some day be an ocean. He encountered people whose life and work on the shores of the Dead Sea and Jordan River have led them to dream of paradise and to seem to build Gardens of Eden on earth - a booster for a chemical factory, the director of a tourist site, and an aging socialist farmer who curates a museum of idols. And he discovered that the geography’s instability is mirrored in the volatility of the tales that people tell about the Sea of Galilee. As an observant Jew who has written extensively about science and scholarship, Watzman tries to understand the valley in all its complexity - its physical facts, its role in human history and his own life, and the myths it has engendered. He realizes that human beings can never see the rift in isolation. ´´It is the stories that men and women have told to explain what they see and what they do as a result that create the rift as we see it,´´ he writes. ´´As hard as we try to comprehend the landscape itself, it is humanity that we find.´´ Watzman’s poetic evocation of the scientific and the human is a unique chronicle of a quest for knowledge. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Kliban. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/013179/bk_adbl_013179_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.