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The Name

About the Book

The Name

The recipient of two of Israel's most prestigious literary awards, The Name tells the story of Amalia, a daughter of Holocaust survivors who seeks desperately to remake her life and escape her history. Named for her father's first wife—a concert pianist who perished in a death camp—Amalia finally seeks refuge in an ultra-Orthodox seminary where she encounters a fierce, charismatic rabbi who preaches a fiery Kabbalistic Judaism, and embraces a life of passionate penitence. It is the starting point of a strange and hypnotic journey that takes the reader from the earthy and erotic to the spiritual and sublime—marking a powerful, disturbing, and unforgettable debut.

The Name
by Michal Govrin

  • Publication Date: October 1, 1999
  • Mass Market Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade
  • ISBN-10: 1573227552
  • ISBN-13: 9781573227551