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Emuna Elon is an internationally bestselling Israeli novelist, journalist, teacher and women's activist, who currently lives in Jerusalem. Her first novel translated into English, If You Awaken Love, was a National Jewish Book Award finalist and House on Endless Waters has been optioned for TV/film adaptation. This novel was translated from its original Hebrew by the late Anthony Berris (1934-2018) and Linda Yechiel, a Canadian-born editor and translator based in Israel.
A thoughtfully intricate and fascinating novel which tells two stories in a most unusual way. Yoel Blum, grandfather and famous Israeli author, travels to Amsterdam and finds that everything he thought he knew about himself has been turned on its head. Setting forth into the history of his family and the Jewish community within Amsterdam during World War Two, Yoel Blum begins to understand himself and his relationships. This isn't a loud or boisterous tale, yet the clarity is piercing. The detail of the underground networks hiding Jewish children in the Second World War is full of impact. Emuna Elon has the most beautiful way with words, her descriptions took me by the hand and led me into their very midst. There are no speech marks or indications of changing time frames, however I never felt out of place. The translation from Hebrew has been completed with great skill by Anthony Berris and Linda Yechiel. Chosen as a Liz Robinson pick of the month, this is a novel to read slowly, to experience, to become a part of. House on Endless Waters is a beautifully eloquent family mystery highlighting human tragedy and resilience.