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It is 1995 and Noa and Amir have decided to move in together. Noa is studying photography in Jerusalem and Amir is a psychology student in Tel Aviv, so they choose a tiny flat in a village in the hills, between the two cities. Their flat is separated from that of their landlords, Sima and Moshe Zakian, by a thin wall, but on each side we find a different home - and a different world. Homesick is a beautiful, clever and moving story about history, love, family and the true meaning of more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099507676
  • 9780099507673
  • 198,977

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"A compelling novel which I never wanted to end" Independent "A moving, memorably human tale of love, history and belonging" Daily Mail "The novel's heartfelt bass note is the beauty and difficulty of human relationships, evoked with sympathy and an ear for the nuances of different voices which is as playful as it is precise" Times Literary Supplement "A warm, wise and sophisticated novel" -- Amos Oz "A brave and and moving novel... prepare to be engrossed" Sunday Telegraphshow more

About Eshkol Nevo

Eshkol Nevo was born in Jerusalem in 1971. He studied psychology at Tel Aviv University and then worked as a copywriter for eight years. Today he teaches creative writing at a number of academic institutions. Nevo has published a collection of stories, a work of non-fiction and two novels. His first novel, Homesick, was awarded the Israeli Book Publishers Association's Golden Book Prize (2005) and the FFI-Raymond Wallier Prize at the Salon du Livre (Paris, 2008); his most recent novel is World Cup Wishes (2012). Eshkol is an Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation chosen artist - one of Israel's highest recognitions for excellence in the more

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"A warm, wise and sophisticated novel"show more

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'An engrossing work. His gift is to make characters jump out of the pages. This is a compelling novel which I never wanted to end' Independent At the centre of Eshkol Nevo's extraordinary novel are Noa and Amir, who move into a tiny flat in a village half way between Jerusalem, where Noa is studying photography, and Tel Aviv, where Amir is studying psychology. Their flat is separated from that of their landlords, Sima and Moshe Zakian, by a thin wall, but on each side we find a completely different world. Next door, a family mourns the loss of their eldest son in Lebanon while his younger brother, Yotam, forgotten by his parents, turns to Amir for friendship. And further down the street, Saddiq, whose Arab family were ejected from the village in the 40s to make way for Jewish immigrants, watches Amir and Noa at home in the house he grew up in. Homesick is an enchanting and irresistible story about history, love, family and the true meaning of home. 'This is a tender, beautiful tale about loneliness and connections, about love and tenderness, about community, shared trauma and interwoven histories...a gentle study of what it is to be human - passion, anger, longing and all the many shades between them' Observer 'A warm, wise and sophisticated novel' Amos Oz 'Remarkable' Time Out 'Enchanting' Times Literary Supplementshow more

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716 ratings
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4 37% (266)
3 23% (162)
2 6% (42)
1 2% (14)
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