To forgive or to avenge is the central theme of this long detailed novel. Set in modern Jerusalem against a backdrop of journalism, family abuse, mental health and an author who is presenting a talk on his controversial book on Hitler. Requires concentration and perseverance but worth the effort. Translated from the Hebrew, this is the first novel by this prizewinning author to be published in Britain.
The general impression I created, which I somehow tried to create, was that although the Gotthilf family was what they politely referred to as a 'family with difficulties,' it was 'the tragedy' that caused us to cross the line into madness. And that but for 'our tragedy' we would all have been a little strange, but nevertheless within the bounds of normality.