Shmuel – a young, idealistic student – has abandoned his studies in Jerusalem, taking a live-in job as a companion to a cantankerous old man. But Shmuel quickly becomes obsessed with the taciturn Atalia, a woman of enchanting beauty, who also lives in the house. As the household’s tangled, tragic past becomes apparent, so too does the story behind the birth of the state of Israel. Journeying back into the deep past, Judas is a love story like no other by a master storyteller at the height of his powers.
NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS
Long-listed for the Man Booker International Prize, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice, Judas is a magnificent work of this gifted writer, acclaimed by the memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, an international bestseller and recipient of the prestigious Goethe prize, as well as the National Jewish Book Award. In the very precise words of Peter Stanford, in his review for The Guardian, “Many-layered, thought-provoking and – in its love story – delicate as a chrysalis, (Judas) is an old-fashioned novel of ideas that is strikingly and compellingly modern”.