Day: July 16, 2019

The Story About Why Israel Banned My Book

At eight a.m. on December 31, 2015, I discovered myself in the studio of Israel’s Channel 2 morning present. Despite the espresso and the adrenaline, I felt sleepy, virtually apathetic. I’d taken half a sleeping pill at midnight to calm my ideas and get a couple of hours rest. Its results hadn’t completely pale. As the soundman hooked up my microphone, my glance fell to the desk. Among the many colorful espresso mugs, I saw the front pages of Israel’s three main day by day newspapers. Six years earlier, within the summer season of 2009, I visited my good friend Yael at her residence in Tel Aviv. Yael was then enduring a spherical of chemotherapy. Greeting me at the doorstep, she appeared pale. Fortified by the black espresso she prepared for us, nonetheless, her voice quickly regained its lively tune. At some point Yael paused and said: “Enough. I used to be then revising the third draft of my novel. I had labored over All of the Rivers for six years. Yael had read it shortly before she fell in poor health, and her comments on the manuscript had been heat and encouraging.

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