Meir Shalev: The Blue Mountain

(Fiction, 378 pp. Hebrew, 1988; English translation, 1991) This imaginative novel transcends time and place as it depicts three generations of the inhabits of a rural village in Israel—from the four immigrants pioneering a new life in a new land, to their grandson Baruch, who reflects on the past with nostalgia, curiosity, and ambivalence. 

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  • Review by Herbert Mitgang, New York Times, August 14, 1991
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  • Review by Elaine Kendall, Los Angeles Times, October 4, 1991
  • Video: Evan Fallenberg interviews Meir Shalev on “Writing, Translating and What Lies Between” (41 min)