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Michal Govrin


“In conversation with Norman Manea on her latest novel Snapshots”


Michal Govrin, a novelist, poet, and theater director, chairs the theater Department of Emunah College, Jerusalem. Among her works in English are her novel, The Name (Penguin-Riverhead, 1998) and Body of Prayer (Cooper Union, 2001), a dialogue with poet and architect David Shapiro and philosopher Jacques Derrida. Snapshots received Israel’s 2003 AKUM Prize, and has just been published in English by Penguin-Riverhead.


One recent review described Snapshots as “an acclaimed and controversial novel about love, war, the devastation of loss, and trying to find oneself when the world is in chaos. After her death in a car accident, a childhood friend is asked to translate the notes and journals of feminist architect Ilana Tzuriel. In the process, the friend uncovers a secret life of deep passions and conflicts. A lyrical and poetic look at the impact of one woman against the torrents of history, Snapshots is also a novel about Israel that asks, where is the nation heading and what is it becoming? Who are its people becoming and how will they be defined — not only by the world at large, but by themselves?”

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