Description: The Jewish community of Aleppo, north-west Syria, was one of the world's most ancient, its tradition of scholarship and piety dating back thousands of years. This collection of three stories by Israeli bestseller Haim Sabato, himself a descendant of that illustrious tradition, interlaces the history of one family - his own - with the social and political turmoil spanning over a century, reaching from Syria to France and Israel. A master of Hebrew, ancient and modern, critics have hailed Sabato, with his rich and timeless prose, as Agnon's successor. Philip Simpson's translation retains the dignity and resonance of the original.
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