Gate of Mercy

Family Secrets and the History of Modern Israel

Dorit Silverman. Translated by Sondra Silverston

ibidem Press

Gate of Mercy

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Pub Date: October 2017

ISBN: 9783838210988

150 Pages

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Pub Date: October 2017

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150 Pages

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Gate of Mercy

Family Secrets and the History of Modern Israel

Dorit Silverman. Translated by Sondra Silverston

ibidem Press

What would you do if your brother turned out to be your enemy? Gate of Mercy takes its readers into the heart of the Israeli-Arab conflict, bringing the history of modern Israel to the very personal level of intertwined Israeli-Arab families. Told from the perspective of eight-year-old Avram, the compelling story unfolds over seven decades. Bit by bit, the long-held secrets of Avram's family are uncovered. A story of love and passion, of destiny and redemption—and of the bonds between different cultures that persist despite all conflicts.
I enjoyed reading the story, which encompasses the modern history of our people in the Land of Israel. The enchanting description provides the story with a dimension of roots and helps to soften the concepts of poverty and hardship felt by the early Jewish settlers. It is decreed for us to live here side by side, two peoples—Jews and Arabs. This is the message that has been woven into the length of this novel and gives added value to the meaning of shared destiny, even when the reality described here is fictional. Shimon Peres
Gate of Mercy shows Israeli literature a new and original element of Jewish-Arab relations. A. B. Yehoshua
Gate of Mercy is a well-written novel, complex and perceptive towards the root of the Israeli-Arab conflict, as well as giving a new look at human nature and the nature of love. Amos Oz

About the Author

Dorit Silverman was born in 1956 in Israel and has worked at several universities, serving as dean, department chair, and lecturer. Her books have been translated into several languages and she has received several scholarships, awards, and grants. In 2016, she won the Israeli Prime Minister award. She is a vice president of the Hebrew Writers Association in Israel and chairman of the board of Moznaim literary magazine.

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