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My Michael (1968)
by Amos Oz
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156031604, Paperback)
One of Amos Oz's earliest and most famous novels, My Michael created a sensation upon its initial publication in 1968 and established Oz as a writer of international acclaim. Like all great books, it has an enduring power to surprise and mesmerize.
Set in 1950s Jerusalem, My Michael tells the story of a remote and intense woman named Hannah Gonen and her marriage to a decent but unremarkable man named Michael. As the years pass and Hannah's tempestuous fantasy life encroaches upon reality, she feels increasingly estranged from him and the marriage gradually disintegrates.
Gorgeously written and profoundly moving, this extraordinary novel is at once a haunting love story and a rich, reflective portrait of place.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:48:32 -0400)
This title is presented with a new introduction from the author. ""My Michael" is a beautiful work of great depth and lingers in the mind as a lyric song to his country's people as much as a moving love story". (Arthur Miller). It's 1950s Jerusalem. Hannah Gonen has just married and is thrilled and pained by her young well-meaning husband, Michael. Haunted by her dreams of two boys who disappeared from Jerusalem after the establishment of the state of Israel, Hannah gradually withdraws from her husband into a private world of fantasy and suppressed desires. "A remarkable, precipient picture of the nature of women". - (A.S. Byatt).