Minotaur

Benjamin Tammuz (Author) Mildred Budny (Translator)
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"With echoes of Kafka and Conrad," the acclaimed Israeli author of Castle in Spain offers "a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character" (Kirkus Reviews).

On the day of his forty-first birthday, Israeli secret agent Alexander Abramov encounters a beautiful young redhead on a city bus. He immediately recognizes her as the woman he has been searching for all his life, the one he has loved forever. Though they have never met, he is certain this young woman named Thea is an essential part of his life's destiny.
Using all the tricks of his trade and communicating through anonymous letters, Abramov takes control of Thea's life without ever revealing his identity. Soon, Abramov's desperate, dangerous love for a woman half his age consumes everything in its path: time, distance, and rival suitors. And for Thea, keeping her lover safe from the amorous "Mr. Anonymous" becomes an obsession of her own. Only Abramov's own story, of a life conditioned by isolation, distrust, violence, and murder, can explain his devastating manipulation of the woman he professes to love.
Hailed by Graham Greene as "the best novel of the year" upon its initial release in 1981, Minotaur is a highly inventive literary thriller.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Europa Editions
Publish Date
May 07, 2013
Pages
185
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.7 X 8.2 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781609451165

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About the Author

Benjamin Tammuz was born in Russia in 1919 and immigrated to Palestine with his family at the age of five. He was a sculptor as well as a diplomat, a writer, and, for many years, literary editor of the Ha'aretz newspaper. His numerous novels and short stories have been widely translated from the Hebrew and have received several literary prizes. He died in 1989.


Translated from the Hebrew by Mildred Budny and Kim Parfitt.

Reviews

A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves . . . Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell. The New York Times
"With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character." Kirkus Review
If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carre is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers. Boston Phoenix"
"A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves . . . Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell." --The New York Times
"With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character." -- Kirkus Review
"If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carre is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers." --Boston Phoenix
Praise for Minotaur
"A masterpiece...A great novel of love and desire."
-The Nervous Breakdown
"A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves...Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell."
--The New York Times
"With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character."
--Kirkus Review

"A largely unrecognized masterpiece."
--Three Monkeys Online
"If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carre is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers."
--Boston Phoenix
"The best novel of the year."
--Graham Greene, author of The Quiet American
Praise for Minotaur
-A masterpiece...A great novel of love and desire.-
-The Nervous Breakdown
-A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves...Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell.-
--The New York Times
-With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character.-
--Kirkus Review

-A largely unrecognized masterpiece.-
--Three Monkeys Online
-If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carre is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers.-
--Boston Phoenix
-The best novel of the year.-
--Graham Greene, author of The Quiet American
-A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves . . . Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell.- --The New York Times
-With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character.- -- Kirkus Review
-If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carre is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers.- --Boston Phoenix
Praise for Minotaur

"A masterpiece...A great novel of love and desire."
-The Nervous Breakdown

"A novel about the expectations and compromises that humans create for themselves...Very much in the manner of William Faulkner and Lawrence Durrell."
--The New York Times

"With echoes of Kafka and Conrad, Israeli novelist Tammuz has fashioned a provocative, spare, slow-to-unfold mystery of character."
--Kirkus Review

"A largely unrecognized masterpiece."
--Three Monkeys Online

"If the doomed atmosphere that hovers over the romances in Greene and Le Carré is present in Minotaur, so is a flavor that can only be described as more continental, and prose more sensuous than fits into the schemes of those two writers."
--Boston Phoenix

"The best novel of the year."
--Graham Greene, author of The Quiet American